Essay On Dbq Manchester

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Manchester, in the mid 1800’s, was a huge city that was largely industrialized. There are generally two views about the city during these times. One view was focused on the health problems of the city, due to it’s crowded population, and poor working conditions, spreading filth and illness around the city. The other view suggested that Manchester was a great city, and although busy and bustling about with work, what was crafted from this work was amazing. Manchester was not always this way though. In the mid 1700’s, Manchester was much smaller, having a population of only about 18,000, compared to a population of over 300,000 in 1851. Manchester grew tremendously over a hundred years, as it shows in the two maps in Document 1. With the growth of the city, the age of death became much younger. As the city became more crowded with people, and with the increase in factories providing tight works spaces, the illnesses were more easily spread from one to another. These poor working conditions, and the overall filth of the city caused people to die at a much younger age. This is shown in Document 8, which is a chart of the death ages of people in different districts, as well as their occupation. Manchester is shown to have the youngest age of death in all of the occupations. In Document 7, the…show more content…
And in Document 9, Manchester is compared to the rest of England where it says, “Perhaps no part of England, not even London, presents such remarkable and attractive features as Manchester.” Manchester improved its working conditions as well the city’s features, making it a cleaner, more habitable environment. In Document 10, it is said that there was The Hours of Labor Act, which would have helped increase the workers health. It also mentions that through the increase in machinery and working conditions, wages largely
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