Urbanization During the Industrial Revolution

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One of the major social effect felts around the world during the Industrial Revolution was urbanization, and all the problems that came with it.  Urbanization is the movement of people from a rural to an urban area.  During the Industrial Revolution, people began moving into the cities to work in the factories and industries that would change or eliminate their previous jobs in rural communities.  While this helped cities to grow exponentially, it brought with it a number of social problems and conflicts.

Most major cities were not prepared for the massive influx of people these new industries and factories brought, so many were left to live in less than habitable conditions.  This period of time saw the emergence of a clearer middle class, and an even clearer poor class, leading to social strife for those in the lower class structure.

Along with living in poor housing, and partially because of it, disease became a constant concern.  Typhoid, malaria, and a host of other medical conditions would rip through communities since many of those people living there were too poor to afford good medical care.

Urbanization during the Industrial Revolution led to many social problems.