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 What was the standard-of-living debate?

The standard-of-living debate was a debate amongst historians concerning the living conditions during the Industrial Revolution. They debated about whether or not the average person was better off during the Revolution or not. Average people, as well as children, would work long hours in factories and had very difficult lives. However, this was better off for them. Why? Because without jobs in factories, these adults wouldn’t have a family to provide for. Without the difficult jobs, the children would starve and wouldn’t be able to provide for their families. But some historians disagreed and so the debate begun. 

Western Civ. 2, Lesson 75

 

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