Were the Major Changes for Ordinary People in Britain Between 1750 and 1900?

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Were the Major Changes for Ordinary People in Britain Between 1750 and 1900? During the years 1750 to 1900 Britain went through many changes, it is known as the age of the social, cultural, technological and industrial revolutions. These revolutions affected Britain as a country and also very importantly the lives of the ordinary people. Their lives were changed for ever, not always at first for the better, a number of causes led to these changes and looking at these allow us to show the major changes between an ordinary person’s life in 1750 and 1900. The first major change is ‘where people lived’. In 1750 over eighty per cent of the population lived in the country, working on the land as farmers and labourers using traditional methods to produce crops. The life as witnessed in paintings from the time was hard, people worked long hours in harsh weather with sometimes very little reward if the quality of harvest was poor. Their food was home grown and houses were simple but comfortable. However, agriculture was changing, landowners had begun to enclose their land so they could make a profit from selling food and improve farming methods. As a direct consequence of this ordinary workers lost their jobs. The effect was that workers began to move to cities to look for work to avoid starvation, as a result of this there was a huge growth in the size of cities and a great change in where people lived. This major change did not necessarily have a positive effect on the ordinary person’s life. Families were forced to live in horrendous conditions, houses had no ventilation, were ill drained and Dr James Kay-Shuttleworth in 1832 reported 1 toilet for 380 people. It was as a consequence of numerous repeated outbreaks of disease and the Cholera epidemics in 1831 and 1848 that workers demanded that the government take action and in the late 1800’s laws were passed
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