Industrial Revolution - Child Labour

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Year 9 History – Child Labour Essay 5. Deformities, illnesses and truncated lives. Great Britain was the first country to industrialize and it was the greatest and largest change in the country’s history. Factories were made and many people from rural areas moved to work at these factories in hope for a better life. But unfortunately, many were disappointed when they saw the working conditions of the factories and the way the workers were treated. Among these workers were many children. These children worked long hours for very little money. Children as young as six worked in these terrible conditions. Most of them worked up to 19 hours a day, with one-hour total break. Large, heavy and dangerous equipment was very common for children to be using. Many children ended up injured or even dead. The air they breathed from the oil or other substances, the little regard paid to their cleanliness, and the frequent changes from a warm and dense to cold and thin atmosphere were causes to sickness. The treatment of children in factories was often cruel and unusual, and the children’s safety was generally neglected. The people who the children worked for would constantly beat them. For example, if a child worker came late to work or stopped to drink water, the factory owner would beat them with pieces of thick leather which had iron buckles at the end that drew blood every time it was applied. Many children were beaten so hard that they were unable to move and would become unconscious. Some of these beatings would lead to death. Children working in these factories had limited access to education. Those fortunate enough to be enrolled only attended portions of a school day. The bones of the child workers could get so soft that they would bend in any direction. Long continued standing would also affect the ankles, feet and knees. The knees could become so weak

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