Changes Of The Industrial Revolution

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Fazeel Sarmad 12/18/11 AP World DBQ Nineteenth century Europe was a time of dramatic change that was named the Industrial Revolution. The impact of the Industrial Revolution was positive for some and for many others it was a time of great difficulty because of the side effects that come with any great and change. To combat those negative effects demands for reforms and protection of workers arose. Governments and unions began to pressure factories to take action that would give certain rights to the people. Other individuals advocated that the government overthrow the current capitalist system because of its inherit evils. The government legislation passed laws that stopped the abuse of workers and the interference of production. Some of the things that the legislation saw as problematic were unions, child labor, and long working hours. However, there were also people not in the government that tried to solve the problems of the Industrial Revolution as well. People like Adam Smith, Ralph Chaplin, Friedrich Engels, and Karl Marx attempted to address certain problems and even offer solutions. Government legislation attempted to solve the problems of Industrial Revolution by passing laws that stopped the worker’s rights from being abused and production from being slowed. The Combination Act of 1800 hindered the growth of unions. Unions interfered with the speed and quality of production; therefore, in the government’s eyes it would have been better in the end if the rights of unions were stifled and their ability to go on strike was inhibited. If the workers went on strike there would be less products produced and then the prices would go up, because demand was the same while the supply goes down because there were no workers working in the factories. Later, when the workers got their way and
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