The Industrial Revolution had a major impact on England and other countries during the 1700 and 1800's. It changed the lives of many people. Some people might say that the industrial revolution was good. Others say that it was bad for both people and the environment.

One effect of the industrial revolution was child labor. Since children were easy to intimidate and order around. Factory owners could also pay them super low wages. Hours were also very long. Most workers worked for 16 hours a day with only a 40-minute break, if that. The children also had no time for school since they were working.

Another effect was the new lifestyle of the factory workers. They now lived a dangerous life in which they had to go to work knowing that they could loose a body part or even their life. This was due to the lack of safety devices and lack of government regulations in business. Factories were unsanitary, dusty and dangerous.

A positive effect was that the average standard of living of the average person increased. As goods went from being hand made to now being made by machines in factories, the cost decreased. Now factories could mass-produce goods. People now have better built houses, less expensive clothing, and they can also be transported faster and for less cost. With the growth of cities and their slum areas, one town, the town of Hyde, was a positive city. The factory owner there rented decent housing for his employees.

Another factory also tried to improve the life of its child labors. In 12 years it only had recorded 14 deaths. This statistic was a lot better than surrounding factories at that time. In conclusion, the industrial revolution has its positives and negatives. With out it, technology might not be where it is today..