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Unformatted text preview: Theriault 1 The Industrial Revolution and Its Impact on the Coal Miners The Industrial Revolution had a profound impact on workers in the Coal Mines, as portrayed in the novel Germinal by Emile Zola. The Industrial Revolution posed an impact on not just the physical aspects of the working class, but also on their thought processes and state of mind as shown with the radicalization of the miners and the strikes they staged. The first and most obvious repercussion of the Industrial Revolution was the changes in supply and demand in the job market. With the birth of the Industrial Revolution, and the construction of new mines and factories, came the boom of job availability. But just because there was a surplus of jobs did not mean that there were job openings, as showed when Etienne first arrives at the town of Montsou. Out of luck, and out of a job, Etienne inquires to a local miner on whether there is work to be had. He is told “No, no work for a mechanic… We had two of them come by yesterday. There’s nothing to be had (Zola, “No, no work for a mechanic… We had two of them come by yesterday....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Dunno during the Winter '08 term at UConn.
- Winter '08
- Industrial Revolution