The Working Class


For a long period of time the working class kept itself separate from the rest of society, hidden in its own industrial world. With the growth of the economy and the spread of education, working class members began to participate in society with better living conditions, and elevated access to finer clothing and food. These were only a select few however, as most members of the working class suffered from over-crowded housing, hunger, limited access to resources, difficulty finding work as well as poor working conditions. The attitudes of the working class were for the most part, resigned to their fate, believing that life is a struggle, and knowing no different. They believed that the afterlife was where one is happy if they had lived their life as they should. (Illustration from Gustave Dore’s London) (Bloy, M., 2001).











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