Cordell Perlote Sr.
August 18, 2015
Industrialization caused significant changes in many people’s lives. First, the development of a new railroad system help settle the west and made it more accessible to people. Second, public transit systems in big cities provided an outlet from congested cities. Last, the discovery of a method for transmitting electricity help to light up our daily lives. I feel that these are three of the most important changes in people’s lives caused by industrialization.
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However, an unprecedented crowding of cities due to rural urban migration resulted to health problems as major cities became unsanitary and diseases-filled (Hillstrom & Hillstrom, 2007). Citizens became sick and the situation was advanced by unhealthy working conditions. Affected by growth of industries particularly steel and iron were pioneer land and factory owners and business entrepreneurs who accumulated immense wealth from the economic boom. Skilled workers were replaced by more efficient machines or cheaper unskilled. Children as young as ten were also affected as more and more industries employed readily available under age workers. Minority industrial workers were subjected to harsh working environments as they worked long hours and underpaid (Fitzgerald, 2000). Life expectancy of the lower class reduced drastically due to unsanitary living conditions. Meager rural dwellers were forced to move to urban centers in search of employment and better living as land became scarce consequently compelling countryside residents to relocate to cities to depend on periodic employment. Living condition weren’t good for the poor thus meant for one family were occupied by several families. Majority of the houses didn’t have water supply, the streets were dirty and education rudimentary. Places like this were meant to inhabit by the poor working people. It is proven that the rich get rich as the poor become even poorer. The rich people left their unwanted things to the poor. Industrialization meant that the people with money will invest to have more money and the people that worked to have money, those people spend that little bit of money on buying these products. Exploration of the working people women and children were paid less than a man. Sweatshops meant misery and a lot of people living in one room and work for 25 to 45 cents a day. The negative effects of Industrialization reflects itself in society. The poor kept living in bad conditions while the rich (most of them) turn their back to them. The violation of the working people rights led to many...