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Were textile factories bad for the health of English workers

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Madison Armstrong

on 23 November 2016

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Transcript of Were textile factories bad for the health of English workers

Outside Opinions
There are many conflicting opinions when it comes to the conditions and treatment of child laborers in factories during the 1800-1900s in the Industrial Revolution. Some accounts claim that the environment was entirely safe and healthy for its underage workers, while others state quite the opposite. Throughout this project, I will explore the conditions and treatment of child laborers in the Industrial Revolution in order to determine what health effects working in textile factories had.
Hours and Food
Physical Conditions
Several studies and first-hand accounts describe the severe effects working in factories had on children's physical health. Most children displayed signs of hunching and stooping after standing for extended periods of time. Some children are even inflicted with severe bodily harm or even death when they become caught within the running machinery or even crushed beneath it. The air within the cotton factories to give an example was poisonous and many children contracted tuberculosis and passed away as a result of the illness. Children not only were worked to the bone and injured by machinery but also beaten by their overlookers in order to assure consistent hard work.
There were multiple types of severe health effects on child workers within factories and parishes during the Industrial Revolution. Children worked long hours, had little to no breaks, no vacations, little to no education, poor quality food lacking proper nutrients, poisonous air, hard labor, overlooker abuses, machinery-related accidents/injuries/death. These conditions are not something that I would permit my child to work in, nonetheless any other human, seeing the various detrimental health effects it had on its workers. In conclusion, the health effects were very bad and dangerous to all of the workers.
Madison Armstrong
Were textile factories bad for the health of English workers?
Note: I will base my conclusions upon first-hand accounts from workers, so as to avoid bias and misrepresented conditions and views.
The hours in a typical factory during the Industrial Revolution on the weekdays was approximately 15-16 hours and on Saturdays 16-18. Sundays were spent cleaning machinery, and not considered an off-day until everything was completed. Breakfast was not served until after workers had already been at it for multiple hours. Not to mention that meals were meager and contained little nutrients and protein, but it was enough to fight off the feeling of hunger. Even during dinner time, the child laborers were not permitted to sit down, which brings us to the next topic of discussion surrounding the health and conditions of child factory workers.
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