Factory Conditions

Hey there,

We’ve talked about the Cottage Industry and how it sprang from the Agricultural Revolution. Well, at a certain point machines became too big too fit in people’s homes. This led to the factory system. For the first time, people began going to work, and the government wasn’t too keen on regulating the conditions.

Please read this article for homework:

The Evils of the Factory System

Can you guess what this will be about?

When you are finished, please answer these questions in your notebook:

  1. Why were factory owners inclined to hire children?
  2. What were some health considerations for people working in the factories?
  3. What is meant by laissez faire?
  4. What did Robert Owen do regarding workers and their living conditions?

See you in class!

Mr. McDavitt

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