[LMB] Dark Brittanic Mills

Richard Molpus rgmolpus at flash.net
Tue Jul 23 05:51:52 BST 2019

 Being legally trapped to farm labor was ended with the creation of factory jobs in towns and cities. The formal legal name for that bondage to the land isn't important; that city life was a better option than farm life is.
Since the various plagues that had reduced the population by 10 - 45%, resulting in the value of labor rising dramatically; legal efforts to tie farm workers to their masters were common across Europe. While escaping  to the city had been the dream of many rural laborers, the limited employment opportunities in the cities made such an escape hard. The establishment of factories boosted the openings for workers manyfold; drawing the rural workforce to the cities, in defiance of law, and the fury of the landowners. 

Most farm laborers were serfs in fact, but not by law; with the laws and orders that forbid them to ignore their master's calls to work the fields. If you can't walk away, you're not free.

Factory work wasn't the 'pleasant' open air work of the land; it was in cramped, dim and dirty building; very hard on the workers' bodies. A farmworkers could stop intermittently to rest and draw a fresh breath or air, perhaps take a drink of water. In a factory, this wasn't possible; it was constant labor at an unexpected pace.
To many this seemed hellish - but a different hell than they had faced as field workers who never seemed to get ahead, or ever had a vision of their children becoming more.

    On Monday, July 22, 2019, 9:00:36 PM CDT, Damien Sullivan <phoenix at mindstalk.net> wrote:  
 On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 09:13:55PM +0000, Richard G. Molpus wrote:
> That this was being said while the Irish Landowners were dispossessing farmers, exporting the wheat crop overseas to get a higher price: and the Scottish Lairds were finishing the Highland Clearances... gets the mind spinning.

> Factory work was steady, paid in coin, and led to a better life for th he second and third generations. The children had a chance of being educated, so they could better themselves.
> City air was free air - freedom from villianage and serfdom.

1800 England didn't have serfs; you're mixing up things that are
centuries and countries apart.

-xx- Damien X-)
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