Industrial Revolution Continued
Industrial Revolution Continued hist 1031
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The Industrial Revolution Continued… 3/15/16 ● Document #2 “Inquiry into the Condition of the Poor” ○ 1842, Edwin Chadwick ○ Written for the Parliament ○ Records the voice of the Proleteriat ○ Thomas Brownlow was a main character ■ skilled worker, tailor, tedious work ■ In pain constantly because of repeated tedious work → carpo tunnel ■ Works 13 hours a day (6am7pm) ■ Works in a small room with 80100 people in the room seated elbow to elbow, knee to knee ■ No ac or fan, conditions of the room was 2020 degrees hotter than outside ■ Stuffy, humid air because of no ventilation ■ Air filled with germs, sweat, and stench and wax and smoke from burning candles and iron ■ They were called “sweat shops” ■ People had intolerable breath ■ To keep the workers going through the day they drank hard liquor (gin) and snuff from the morning until they got off ■ This caused dehydration and tampered their motor skills ■ Although they were aware of the harmful use of drug and alcohol they used it as a mental escape to get away from the realities of their job ■ They already considered themselves as dead, didn't care about the toxins they were putting into their bodies ■ All the alcohol use made Brownlows eyesight go bad, and is dying from not eating and abusing drugs and alcohol ○ William and Joseph Eddy ■ Minners ■ Lives in a bunk house, shares a bed to 34 people, sleeps sitting up and gets no good sleep ■ Hot during the summers and ice cycles comes through the roof during the winter ■ 12” of stinky water on the floor. 6” of potato peels (rotten), rodents, snakes, considered “not even fit for pigs” ■ Couldn’t breathe well ■ Mining was a filthy dangerous job, workers only lived up to 17 ■ Breathing in coal dust (dust of diamonds) like razor blades in the worker's lungs [black lung disease] ■ Mines were well ventilated compared to the bunk house ■ Literally back breaking labor
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