Good things about child labor during the industrial revolution

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Documentary - The children who built Victorian Britain

Industrial Revolution

Child labour was not an invention of the Industrial Revolution. Poor children have always started work as soon as their parents could find employment for them. But in much of pre-industrial Britain, there simply was not very much work available for children. This changed with industrialisation. The new factories and mines were hungry for workers and required the execution of simple tasks that could easily be performed by children.

Throughout history, child labor has always been present; it is certainly not a new phenomenon. Children served as domestic servants, apprentices, assistants in the family business, and farmers during preindustrial times. Many families before and during the early 19th century were rural families that kept farms for their source of food, income, and other necessary provisions. Maintaining the farm was not only the responsibility of the parents, but also the responsibility of the children. They worked on the fields and helped tend to the livestock. In Britain, boys usually worked in the fields and tended to the drought animals, while the girls, in some instances, worked outside and did light tasks such as milking cows and caring for the chickens.

Kids learn about child labor during the Industrial Revolution including types of Industrial Revolution until laws were eventually passed that made child labor.
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Carolyn Tuttle, Lake Forest College

During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Great Britain became the first country to industrialize. The practice of putting children to work was first documented in the Medieval era when fathers had their children spin thread for them to weave on the loom. Children performed a variety of tasks that were auxiliary to their parents but critical to the family economy. Children who lived on farms worked with the animals or in the fields planting seeds, pulling weeds and picking the ripe crop. Boys looked after the draught animals, cattle and sheep while girls milked the cows and cared for the chickens. Children who worked in homes were either apprentices, chimney sweeps, domestic servants, or assistants in the family business. As apprentices, children lived and worked with their master who established a workshop in his home or attached to the back of his cottage.

The children of the Industrial Revolution at once hold all the opportunity of the future in their hands while also facing the terrors of poverty and reality of the present in the other. Perhaps when you imagine these children you see the typical sut faced child, a serious or scared look is plastered on their face and all at once you feel a deep sense of sympathy or wonderment. Located within this page these questions are attended to; in order to understand the children of the Industrial Revolution one must understand their environments and what brought them into this group. It is also important to touch on how these children survived, and what was presented as challenges to them in terms of work, health, and simply living life within the means available to them. In addition to all of these topics there is yet one more important aspect when learning about the children of the Industrial Revolution and that would be who tried to help them, if anyone?

By Lawrence W. This essay was written in but its thesis is as important today as ever, and especially during the holiday season when the conventional view of child labor in early industrial England finds its way into our hearts and homes through Charles Dickens's classic "A Christmas Carol. Everyone agrees that in the years between and there took place in Great Britain profound economic changes. This was the age of the Industrial Revolution, complete with a cascade of technical innovations, a vast increase in industrial production, a renaissance of world trade, and rapid growth of urban populations. Where historians and other observers clash is in the interpretation of these great changes.

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