The Furnaces of Hell: Industry and Progress
Industrial Revolution in England
You and your study groups have been magically transported to England in the early 1800s. All around you, changes are occurring in the way goods are manufactured and the way people work. You have been recruited by the government of England to report on whether these changes have been harmful or beneficial, and to determine what new laws may be necessary to improve life for people in the new industrial society.
Work in your study groups to research the changes that occurred in society as a result of the industrial Revolution. You and your group will each be responsible for writing an editorial for your local newspaper from the perspective of someone living in England during the late 18th century.
Complete the following:
• ONE editorial (2 pages, single spaced) - Produced Individually
One that either defends the effects the Industrial Revolution has had on British society as a whole, or one that criticizes the effects the Industrial Revolution has had on British society as a whole.
Your study groups will be assigned polar opposite 19th century perspectives in an effort to promote greater debate, and you will write your editorial from the assigned perspective:
Praetorians & Jacobins - The Clarion (socialist newspaper)
Cavaliers & Stosstruppen - The Northern Star (Chartist newspaper)
Machiavellians & Conquistadors - The Daily Telegraph (Liberal/Capitalist newspaper)
• Two primary source images (to supplement your article), each with an original caption describing what is in the image and why it represents a beneficial or harmful element of the Industrial Revolution. Include these images in your article.
• One Policy Recommendation and Political Action Speech which gives you and your group’s combined opinion about whether industrialization has been a positive or a negative force, and what steps should be taken next. In your presentation you will present one of your group's editorials as a political action pamphlet to accompany your speech to Parliament.