How did the industrial revolution affect society, politics and the economy?


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The industrial revolution in Britain affected society, politics and the economy by increasing work output, creating the working class, dividing classes, having women began working, creating area specialization, seeing politics shift to appeal to working class men as they were now the majority of the people and current workers being unable to strike for fear of being replaced by immigrant workers. The population increased dramatically during the industrial revolution as well so cities and infrastructure grew rapidly.

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One of the perils of the industrial revolution was the lack of laws and regulations for new industries. When the industrial revolution took place in the late 18th century, children as young as age 7 could work full-time in factories or mines. Children accepted jobs because their parents needed money and businesses liked children because they were unlikely to try to go on strike or join a union. Another bonus was that the new industries could also do whatever they wanted to do with any biohazard waste.

The process of the industrial revolution would continue and by 1850, more people were living in the city areas than the rural countryside. The same would happen for citizens in the United States by 1920. While there were changes made to make working conditions safer and to prohibit young children from working, the amount of people working in the nation would only continue to grow.

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