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Westcourt iCentre: History - Industrial Revolution
Judith Flanders examines the state of housing for the 19th-century urban poor, assessing the ‘improvements’ carried out in slum areas and the efforts of writers, including Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew, to publicise such living conditions.
Cities expanded rapidly in 18th century Britain, with people flocking to them for work. Matthew White explores the impact on street life and living conditions in London and the expanding industrial cities of the North.
In this article from the British Library, Professor Emma Griffin explores the dangerous, exhausting work undertaken by children in factories and mines due to the dramatic increase in child labour during Industrialisation.
Article from the Foundations of Western Culture, an open historical resource co-created and developed by undergraduate students in the Foundations of Western Culture course at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The catalyst to Britain's Industrial Revolution was the slave labour of orphans and destitute children. In this shocking and moving account of their exploitation and eventual emancipation, Jane Humphries, Professor of Economic History at Oxford University uses the actual words of these child workers (recorded in diaries, interviews and letters) to let them tell their own story.
Child labor was a common feature in industrial societies as children as young as four years old were often employed in the factories and mines that developed during the time. This was particularly true in Britain, where the Industrial Revolution first began in the 1700s