As industrialization continued, some thinkers argued that business should be free to grow and change without any sort of government restrictions, Others, however, wanted workers to be granted the political and economic power needed to shape their own lives. British reformer J.R. Stephens held that, "...every working man in the land has the right to have a good coat...a comfortable abode...a good dinner...and so much wages...as should keep him in plenty..."
Assignment: 1. What are the Factory Acts? What are the Corn Laws? What is the Mines Act? What is the Ten Hours Act? 2. Describe the living conditions of someone living in the 1800s. 3.What were the conditions of the workhouses after the New Poor Law was put into place? 4. Who is Elizabeth Fry and what do you think she hoped to achieve? 5. Articulate the differences in treatment for youths in 1886 compared to 1870/80, and 1907.