Child Labour in the Industrial Revolution


ChildLabour in the Industrial Revolution

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ChildLabour in the Industrial Revolution

Theindustrial revolution was an era that saw the emergence of numerousindustries that were dealing with a different array of products andmaterials. Thus, the availability of industries translated to theneed of labour that would speed up the activities and work events inthe industry. As owners of the industries and particularly a textileindustry that dealt with silk milk in England, maximization ofprofits was the ultimate goal in the industry1.The female child labour was cheaper than other kinds of labour towork in the Silk Mill. Thus, by having cheap labour in the industry,it was easier to give the female, young workers wages while theindustry would make profits. Furthermore, it was simpler to use thefemale child labour as these individuals were obedient and followedthe instructions to the latter. They were also submissive. Lastly,the parents to the girls had worked while they were young andcompelled their children to follow suit hence, the reason as to whythere was the influx use of the female child labourers in the silkmill industry.

Themodern period was a tough time as there was the emergence ofindustries that operated in the regions. The owners of theenterprises aimed at becoming bosses and the idea made them employyoung children who were as aged as young as seven years old. Youngchildren were submissive and obedient to the instructions that themanagers gave during the modern period thus making them the preferredcandidates to work in the industries. The presence of theunrestrained capitalism where there was a need to lower theproduction cost and increase on profits made the industry owners toseek for cheap labour which made them employ the young children.Moreover, parents sent their children to work in the industries sincethe young children were a source of cheap labour2.The government attempted to end the child labour through laws but itfaced challenges since the fines to the industries practicing childlabour were not huge and also the enforcement of the laws were lessstrict.


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