The Industrial Revolution pt. 2

Events

Combination Acts

1799

Illegal in England for workers to unionize in order to bargain for higher pay or better working conditions.

Richard Trevithick

1801

Drives the Cornish “puffer” steam powered locomotive down the street of Camborne, England.

Parliament Act

1812

Passes law making it illegal by penalty of death to destroy industrial machines.

George Stephenson

1816

Patented a steam engine locomotive that ran on rails.

George Stephenson

1825

Commissioned to construct a 30-mile railway from Liverpool to Manchester.

Sadler Committee

1832

Investigates child labor in factories and issues report to Parliament.

British government

1848

Sets up the General Board of Health to investigate sanitary conditions, setting up local boards to ensure safe water in cities.

10,000 people

1849

Die in three months in London from Cholera epidemic.

Public Health Act

1875

Gives government responsibility to ensure public health for housing and sewage.

The Factory Act

1901

Raised the minimum work age to 12 years old.