1. What were the general working conditions in northeastern factories?
The conditions were awful to have to work in. The working conditions were so bad that many workers became ill and died from exhaustion or starvation. As sad as it is there wasn’t a union to protect our workers. “Before the advent of the Industrial Revolution, most people resided in small, rural communities where their daily existences revolved around farming. Life for the average person was difficult, as incomes were meager, and malnourishment and disease were common.” (Staff, 2009)
2. How was factory work different from agricultural work?
Many factory workers would place profit over the health and safety of employees. It wasn’t uncommon for children as young as 9 to work in factories or farm. If you were lucky enough to gain an apprenticeship you were able to work in a factory. However, if you were unable to gain an apprenticeship you had to join the agriculture side of working.
Working in a factory meant you had to work you were exposed to deafening sounds of the equipment that was being used to make items. Factory conditions were dark, with exposed items that were unsafe. They also had very few windows in which to bring natural lighting. The hours were long and daunting.
Most people were farmers or spun wool for a living. Anyone who was working on the agricultural side of the spectrum lived a difficult life. Typically these were the poorest citizens attempting to make money to help fed the household. Farmers often worked from sun up to sun down.
3. Compare jobs available in the nineteenth century to jobs available today.
In the nineteenth century the jobs that were available unsafe and unhealthy. Workers died often from the conditions in which they worked. The building rarely met the standard for the safety. In the nineteenth century you either worked in a factory or you were a farmer. Children starting working at age 9.
Today we have learned from our ancestors that having...