|During the Industrial Revolution,|
many machines in the factories
were made to the height of children
due to the amount of child
workers back in the days.
|This diagram shows the before and after impact of the Enclosure Act in England.|
The peasants were at a great disadvantage in this fight for equality--they were illiterate, powerless, and poor. Eventually, the rich had their ways and stripped away most of the farmlands available the poor were then left jobless and had no ways of continuing with the life they once knew. Helpless, the peasants had no choice but to look elsewhere for other ways of survival; this was when they began to move into the cities, where the growing manufacturing industry was in great demand of workers. As a large population of factory workers emerged, the businesses of the factories flourished, leading to the Industrial Revolution.
|Over London by Rail, Gustave Dore. This |
print shows the cramped living conditions
of the Industrial Revolution in London
"A Short History of Enclosure in Britain." The Land Magazine. Accessed December 7, 2012
"Inclosure Act 1773." Legislation UK. Accessed December 7, 2012.
"The English Enclosures." Youtube. Video file, 9:43. Accessed December 7, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0nM5DU4ADI.