Written by: Carlos Diaz
The Industrial Revolution brought about social change in the European workers leisure time. Before the Industrial Revolution many workers belonged to the agricultural work-environment, which was an intimate and fulfilling relationship between the land and the worker. After the Industrial Revolution there was a social change in these workers lives. In the early 19th century, 15 hour shifts prevented European land workers from enjoying themselves. The strict change in time brought about by the Industrial Revolution changed the lifestyles of workers.
Leisure time for agricultural laborers in the Pre-Industrial era consisted of free time with the family during Holidays. There was an affinity and love for work. Nature was the setting where these laborers thrived. Although the time before the Industrial Revolution did not allow an excessive amount of free time for the workers, the Industrial Revolution certainly changed the workers daily structure. Working excessive hours and spending time in factories and industrial settings, became the norm for these workers daily life. Nature and holiday leisure became a thing of the past for many members of the agricultural labor force.
The Industrial Revolution brought about a social change in the leisure time of European agricultural workers. Work was no longer a relationship with nature; work became an obligation, found in factories, that occupied most of the hours in a day.
Sources: Britannica Encyclopedia. The New York Times. The cotton times.com