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The Industrial Revolution caused great changes in the peoples way of life especially childrens lives By the early 1800s most of the British people knew they were in the mist of a nationwide economic and social revolution Educational and political privileges which once had belonged to the upper class spread to the growing middle class Some workers were replaced by machines while others found a new job opportunities working with machinery Both workers and employers had a cold and impersonal relationship Most workers lived and worked in extremely harsh conditions in the ever expanding industrial cities Under the domestic system many employers had a close relationship with their workers and felt some responsibility for them However such relationships became impossible in the large factories of the Industrial Revolution Industrialists employed many workers and could not deal with them personally The average working day was between twelve to fourteen hours Workers worked six days a week that includes men women and small children In the factories machines made workers work faster and harder without rest Jobs became specialized and the work monotonous Factory wages were low most factory owners kept the wages low deliberately Women and children worked as unskilled laborers and made only a small fraction of the mens already low wages Children under ten years of age were often deformed or crippled by unsafe machines Most factory workers like other types of workers were desperately poor and could not read or write giving them no hope of a better life Housing in the growing factory cities could not keep up with the migration of workers from rural areas Severe overcrowding resulted and many people lived in extremely unsanitary conditions that led to outbreaks of diseases Since the ancient times Children have worked to help support their families when they are in need especially on farms Child labour did not have any major problems until the factory systems of
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