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It is a fact that Richard Arkwright made the children work hard but he clearly gave them enough food and water to keep them healthy.
Arkwright's invention was very successful and used throughout the country.
I, Richard Arkwright, believe that child labor is not only an acceptable practice to allow, but also a necessary one. In many cities there are not enough local people to supply a factory owner, such as myself, with the workers needed to meet demand, and therefore the employment of child labor is needed.
As the spinning frame was wanted in every factory the patent he owned on the spinning frame was very good for him. The spinning frame made Richard Arkwright very rich! By 1792 when he died at the age of 60, he had made �500,000 which by today's standards is a lot of money but then when people would earn very
small amounts of money for long hours of work it was an unbelievable amount of money, for example a young boy
received 3s 6d for a weeks work and girls received less still.
Arkwight ‘invented’ the spinning frame and it was first put into use in Preston in 1768. The machine worked all hours - if it did not break down - and it needed few people to keep it running. A factory needed an engineer and anybody
else on the work floor was essentially unskilled
and did basic and badly paid work. Children were
especially useful in textile factories as they could crawl underneath machinery to do repairs even as the machine still worked.
The bad points that I will state about Richard Arkwright are: The bad safety of the mills and the factories, the long hours, and the bad pay. The mills had very few safety precautions and many people died or had their limbs ripped off from being caught in the spinning frames.
Arkwright was not popular in Preston as those who were skilled hand-spinners were frightened that they might lose their jobs to the new machine invented by Arkwright. As a result of the threat posed by these people, Arkwright moved to Nottingham where he teamed up with a man called Jedediah Strutt who invented the stocking
Joseph Farington stated that "a boy of 10 or 11 years of age told me his wages were 3s 6d a week - and a little girl told me her wages were 2s 3d a week" The children worked from Monday- Saturday and they attended school on Sunday to receive an education. As the children only attended school one day a week they did not get a good education so there was very little chance of them being able to get a good job to support their family and would grow up with themselves and their whole family's working in the factories or mills.
I would never employ a worker over the age of forty. My machines need to be managed by young workers who do not have a family or other obligations besides working at my factories. Therefore, without hiring children
, there is a limited number of laborers to chose from. Here in Cromford, there are barely enough locals to supply me with the labor I need, so child labor is necessary.
Therefore their children would work in them also as the money would not be there to let them get a proper education without working, the wages paid were not large enough for them not to work. Conclusion Richard Arkwright was neither a hero nor a villain; he was a man trying to make a living in the best way
that he knew how.
Richard Arkwright was born in 1732. Arkwright is considered to be the father of Britain’s factory system. He died in 1792 - a very rich man.
Although some of his methods I disagree with they are not different to other people who owned mills or large establishments at that time. Therefore he is a businessman like many people are today. ...read more.
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