By: Elizabeth Lehnardt hour 2
The Industrial Revolution was built on the small backs of children. Sun up to sun down, six days a week, long hours, sometimes 14 hour days, bad pay and no sick days. Children had to work in large dangerous mills around dangerous machines.The mills ran so fast that If someone’s hair got caught in the machines, it was ripped out. If a child’s arm got stuck, that came off too. Some were impaled by broken bobbins.There wasn't time to play, there wasn't time to go to school. There was only time to grow up quickly. They often got sick due to the poor conditions they endured. The mills were hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The air in the factories was toxic and they couldn't open windows.These children carried the weight of a nation’s rising industry quietly, because the machines were too loud for them to hear each other. They wouldn't hear someone shout look out! Most children were from the country and some would begin working at age three to support their family. As new technology grew so did the number of children working back breaking, dangerous hours in mills and factories.
This picture shows the condition of the factories. Notice the floor. Notice how small the child is.