The Life of the Industrial Worker
The Industrial worker went through a turbulent time. The industrial revolution came so quickly that it changed the lives of all laborers. The fast development of new working conditions and living environment created an environment that hurt the laborers of the time physically and mentally. Men, Women and children were incapable of keeping up with the physical overload of work. The tasks that were put infront of them was humans against nature.
The quick rising of the industrial age caused cities to be built at a rapid and often reckless pace. This quick pace did not allow time for proper planning of cities. The growth was to large to be controlled by the government. The new work force had a severe need to move to the city creating overcrowded living spaces. This created a lack of water supply, sanitation, street cleaning, and housing for the people. The houses of the poor were built back to back without creating any yard. Therefore only one outlet was available to the occupants. There were also no receptacle for refuse. Consequently, this created narrow streets that were full of refuse. These roads were also unpaved creating streets full of mud and water. The cities began to smell awful due to all the refuse in the streets.
These close quarters often bred diseases. It was extremely easy for water born diseases to infect an entire town quickly. The entire city used the same water supply therfore disease would spread throught the entire city. The most common diseases included cholera, typhus, and relapsing fever. The diseases were ignored because they did not affect the upper and middle classes. The poor were left to fend for themselves with a lack of cures for any of these diseases.
The towns were often inhabited by a turbulent population. This was caused by workers that were unhappy with their lives. Laborers often got rowdy and trashed factories and caused riots. It was common for poor laborers to turn to alcoholism. It was not uncommon in Europe to rely on hard liquor to make it through the day. This was just the begining of the demoralization of the poor laborer. Laborers turned to prostitution and other forms of sexual promiscuity, public drunkenness, suicide, and mental derangement because of their poor living circumstances.
The day of a worker started at five o'clock in the morning. They work in the mills from six till eight o'clock or even later. Children were sometimes given less hours. There was not much legislation written on the proper hours for workers. Adults often worked over sixty-eight hours a week, and children a little over forty-eight hours.
These long hours had a toll on the body. With out the proper nourishment the poor laborers body suffered. They were often pale in the face. Their frame looked frail and weak. It was not...