AP World History
17 November 17, 2017
The results of the Industrial Revolution led to many short and long term positive and negative effects. At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, there was much grief to the overall population. According to Document 4, the population density of Great Britain increased greatly and more slums were being developed all across the country. This is due to the increase in factories and jobs everywhere. This is a negative impact because too many people were occupying the land, making it more crowded and harder to support them. Unsanitary and poor conditions in factories and homes came about due to the overpopulated towns and cities.
The positive and negative results of the Industrial Revolution have been assessed from many viewpoints such as the factory workers, the factory owners, the government, and other people who observed the conditions in industrial cities. Although it isn’t shown in the document, injuries of the workman rarely happened before the Industrial Revolution, however, many injuries began to occur due to the unsafe conditions. Document three explains how child labor were being used at the time and children were very sickly due to working at England factories. Children were forced to work in factories and many would come out unhealthy. The areas were polluted heavily, causing it to be difficult to breathe in. however, people needed the money and they were willing to go through anything to earn it for their families.
At the beginning of the Industrial revolution, many hardships had to be overcome, causing great grief to most of the population. Although there were a lot of negatives, the Industrial revolution was still mainly a positive thing for Europe. In Document 1, it shows the entire process of clothing being produced in the domestic system. The work looks very slow, complicated, and time consuming. When new invention were made and factories were built, more can be produced in a day and more income is made this way as well. This is a positive impact, because more women can get jobs in factories, and the work is easier and more efficient. They could produce cheap goods, which could then be used to trade with other countries for much more desirable items.
In conclusion, before the revolution, most people were part of a poor labor, lower class while a few wealthy people made up the upper class, and they had the most power. When factories started being used, more people were getting money and making money, improving their social statues, giving them more rights and power. Europe went through major changes during the Industrial Revolution, some were good and some were bad. However, it did bring on a way of thinking and a new way of doing things that carved the way for many civil actions to follow. Although not all of the effects were positive, the Industrial Revolution was a very influential point in history.