Industrialization: Industrial Revolution and Abled Bodied Men

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Industrialization has played a key role in social development in the United States between the Civil War and World War II. Social issues in question were child labor, back working conditions, and poor living conditions.
When the Industry business boomed, entrepreneurs where able to hire both children and women at a fraction of the price it cost to pay abled bodied men. In document 2b, the number of workers ages ten and over in 1920 was over 30,000,000. This meant that the limited age of worker was as young as 10 years of age, (however children younger than that were employed as well). Children ten years old were doing jobs meant for men in their 20’s and 30’s. In document 4 though, Illinois passed a law stating that children under 14 were not permitted to work. According to document 1a, there was a 500,000 increase in the amount of women working from 1890 to; however, their working conditions were not the best. Document 6a described a work environment that many women spent the majority of their day in, “…there is just one row of machines that the daylight ever gets to- that is the front row, nearest the window. The girls at all the other rows of machines back in the shops have to work by gaslight, by day as well as by night.” Illinois was a state that passed yet another law stating that women could not be employed in any factory of workshop more than 8 hours a day. Industrialization had caused young children to work difficult jobs suited for men, and the conditions of