Setting the Stage
The Industrial Revolution affected every part of life in Great Britain, but proved to be a mixed blessing. Eventually, industrialization led to a better quality of life for most people. But the change to machine production initially caused human suffering. Rapid industrialization brought plentiful jobs, but it also caused unhealthy working conditions, air and water pollution, and the ills of child labor. It also led to rising class tensions, especially between the working class and the middle class.
1. Students were introduced to their Political Cartoon Project that they will begin working on for the whole class period.
a. Describe the social and economic effects of industrialization
b. Examine growing tensions between the middle and working classes