Era of Reform

By: Ben Lewis

Factory work was a big problem during the era of reform. Factory work started in the 18th century. Factory work was not forced but if you wanted money to get food you would have to work in factories to earn money. The only way to survive was to work in factories, other labor or steal from other people. Children and adults both working in factories side by side. Children were there to do things adults could not like going into small places or retrieving something for an adult to use. Even though children worked just as hard they still got paid less than adults. Many people died working in factories because the machinery and the lead and other things floating in the air that people would inhale. People also lost body parts and other important things working in factories. Now, people who did not work in factories were outraged and did not like how they treated these people so they started riots. The riots fought anyone who was for this and also put buildings to fire to try to stop this. Finally, someone had to put an end to this, the government gave up and stopped factory work. The factories were destroyed not very long after. Factory work ended near the end of the 19th century. Factory work was an important part of history because it caused great inventions to be built and ideas to be spread. It may have seemed like a bad thing but, we would not be as advanced and have all the invention we have today if it was not for factory work. Another way to put factory work is the industrial revolution.
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