Victorian ERA and The Working Class

There were many things that affected many lives during the Victorian Era, mainly the industrial revolution and mass production.  This was new to people, and a factory required many workers, which created Urban small towns, in other words they were places for the poor.

Living conditions became better for who could afford it.  It began the times where people could afford many things they did not need, just to have it.  People began to question religion, and scientific discovery was helping technology.  But then there was the poor workers who busted their butts in the factories, who were under complete control.  Who were treated wrong.

These people lived horrible lives, though some thought it was a good cause.  They would work for most hours of the day, up to 20 hours if not more.  They were not given the right amount of breaks, if any breaks.  There was no minimum wage so they were not paid the right amount, but a factory is practically the only job in a city and that is what they were forced to do.

Living Conditions were poor, due to the pay.  Everyone in the family basically worked, tight houses for the poor, no space, cities were not kept up.  Even Children had to work in factories at ages below ten years old.  People who could not pay for anything were sent to debtor's prison.

Many of the people lived in groups or whole families in poor houses.

Many of the writers of the Victorian era were influenced by the industrial revolution.  Good things were brought about from this, such as today's technology, rules, social conditions, help for the poor, wages, and jobs.

Sources:

"The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age: Introduction." The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age: Introduction. N.p., 2010. Web. 07 Nov. 2014.

"Debtors - Victorian Crime and Punishment from E2BN." Debtors - Victorian Crime and Punishment from E2BN. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2014.

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