The Industrial Revolution You Haven't Met

Wendy McElroy

In textile factories, they were called "scavengers." The typical scavenger was about six years old, and the child's job was to reclaim loose cotton that fell under the machinery. Because the machines kept operating, terrible injuries were commonplace. History points to child labor during the Industrial Revolution as a heart wrenching indictment of the capitalist system or, rather, specific historians who have been influential have done so. History itself actually frowns upon their interpretation because it is a lie.

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