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The nineteenth 19th century was a period of great change and accompanying social unrest in the British Isles Most outstanding among the changes was the industrial revolution As everything in life it brought good but it also brought evil The industrial revolution combined with the expansion of the British Empire made the United Kingdom the richest and most powerful country in the world Some of the islanders became unbelievably wealthy but others unfortunately became unbelievably poor Writers from this historical period cognizant of the human suffering became social critics of what was taking place in England of how the rich and powerful became more oppressive than before and how the very poor were evenly more oppressed Among these writers were Charles Dickens and George Eliot In his novel Felix Halt the Radical Eliot nee Mary Anne Evans describes graphically the conflict and battle between these two groups In the novel Eliot portrayed British society as having two types of people the oppressors who were the landowners who had the ability to vote and serve in government and then there the oppressed who are the back breaking workers The factory workers and miners the oppressed were denied basic human rights and their opinion and beliefs were discarded as being useless These workers wanted change and reform however they did not speak out against their masters or government because of fear of retaliation by the oppressors of punishment and also because of the lack of leadership skill to organize a revolt The leadership that was needed was that of Harold Transome a radical and of his political agents that began preaching the need for change and for equality among the workers Traditionally two main political parties existed in Great Britain the Whigs and Tories which forced society to choose what side would represent them The split in society caused conflict in which people would only associate with those individuals who supported the same party Adding to
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