Changes of Family After the Industrial Revolution
As a result of the Industrial Revolution the structure of family changed drastically. Before the Industrial Revolution, the family worked as one unit on a small piece of land they owned, either spinning or weaving. This system was how the family made their money as one economic team. With the Industrial Revolution came change, the family as the core of economic production was replaced. Capital factories took over with employees who worked for wages, and this separated the domestic and economic businesses, and the functionality of families was changed. The size in families also changed after the Industrial Revolution . Before the Industrial Revolution, most families were relatively large. Although, infant mortality rates were declining, them surviving to adulthood was less likely. Another factor in smaller family size was the conditions of the factories the children were working in. The factories were not kept well, the air quality was poor, and it was no place for children.