The middle and upper classes benefited the most from the Industrial Revolution and enjoyed wealth and success. There was a decline in the prices of goods, and more people enjoyed the new products being manufactured. The middle class was made up of businessmen and other professionals and they became more powerful as the Industrial Revolution continued. Individuals and groups opened more schools, libraries and universities as their population grew.
The middle and upper classes were doing quite well, while the “working class” was not. Some people’s jobs were replaced by machines in the factories, while others worked for relatively low wages. Their housing was overcrowded and prone to diseases.
Not everyone benefited from the Industrial Revolution.
Source: Industrial Revolution – Classes of People
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