Young children often worked in factories for about 12 hours every day. Air conditioning had not been invented yet,so it was often very hot in the summer. Also, many children died from the heat or even just overworking themselves. Women also worked in factories, trying to support themselves or their family in times when the men could not work or their crops failed. A lot of women also died of heat exhaustion.
The Irish moved for two main reasons: The Great Potato Famine and they heard about new opportunities in America. When they arrived, they saw the opportunities to work in factories rather than farm. Irish immigrants made up the majority of factory workers because they were willing to work long hours for the low pay that was given. The Great Potato Famine began in the 1840s,and those were the years that Irish immigration peaked.(I wonder why?) Black workers oftentimes had it worse than slaves did. This is because when the owner bought a slave, they did not want to lose money by their death,so they would help them out.Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Historically, slavery was institutionally recognized by most societies; in more recent times, slavery has been outlawed in all countries, but it continues through the practices of debt bondage, indentured servitude, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, and forced marriage. Slavery is officially illegal in all countries, but there are still an estimated 20 million to 30 million slaves worldwide. Mauritania was the last jurisdiction to officially outlaw slavery (in 1981/2007), but about 10% to 20% of its population is estimated to live in...
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