Life in an Industrial City was a complex place full of the finest amenities of the times, but also severe dangers. Being poor was just about the worst thing you could possibly be. With little to no social outreach programs, high unemployment, and a complete lack of labor rights the working/urban poor were up against the wall with few options. Today we will examine the relationship between the haves and have-nots within industrial cities. The disconnect between the industrial worker and the industrial entrepreneur was indescribable, established, and considered the social norm. Enter Marx and Engels. From the very beginning their ideas were vilified and outlawed. These men wrote and dreamed of an industrial utopia where people worked for the betterment of the total society.
Objectives: 1. Analyze the social contract as it existed in industrial urban cities. 2. Evaluate the social and economic impact of industrialization 3. Examine the relationship between the rise of socialism and communism and the working conditions disparity between rich and poor.
Assignment: 1. What are three examples of the disparity between the rich and poor? 2. How did the law work against the urban poor? Provide three examples from the film. 3. How could the ideals of the enlightenment have lead to a situation like the one portrayed in Oliver Twist? 4. How are the ideas of Karl Marx and Robert Engels a direct response to the industrial urban environment? Provide two examples. 5. Why is competition at the root of Marx's communist philosophy? 6. What did Marx believe would happen if communism replaced capitalism?