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I've read that during the Industrial Revolution many workers abandoned their jobs as farmers or artisans to sell their labor to the new middle class. The jobs were exhausting and the quality of life of these workers only got worse.
My question is: why the workers accepted such submission when they saw they were only being exploited?
I know there were syndicates and riots, but when these manifestations of the working class began to appear the capitalist system was already well established in England's society. Am I wrong?

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    Yes, you're wrong :-) Or it might be more accurate to say that you're "not even wrong" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong ). Then, as now, people take jobs because it's the best they can get. If you can have a better life ('better' being both subjective and relative) working in a factory than as a peasant, then that's what you do. – jamesqf Jan 16 '17 at 18:20
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    Check primary sources - BBC history magazine has published some collections of primary source letters from the workers themselves. They were thrilled to be off the farm and only working 12 hours a day. – Mark C. Wallace Jan 16 '17 at 20:12
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    Words like "submission", repetition of unsourced mythology and a general lack of research lead me to suspect that this "question" is actually a political rant in disguise. – Mark C. Wallace Jan 16 '17 at 20:14
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    Compare with enclosure, which was going on in England at the same time. – T.E.D. Jan 16 '17 at 20:26
  • @T.E.D. yep, I was going to say that. OP, remember that your idea of factories as soul crushing assembly lines was only fully correct for a short period in history, between about 1850 and 1980. Before 1850, most "factory" jobs were not standing in one place doing a simple and repetitive task. The job often required physical exertion, creative skill, or both. The latter has returned to manufacturing somewhat after c.1980. – Ne Mo Jan 17 '17 at 14:13
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Workers left the land and headed for the towns and cities for the same reason as the Chinese are doing it now. They believed that there were opportunities available and a chance to improve their lives. Agricultural work has always been the lowest paid work available, frequently subject to economic depression and the onset of labour saving devices. Industrial work offered to break the link between the worker, the landed elite and the status quo.

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    and now as then small farmers tend to be dirt poor, work 20 hours a day 7 days a week, and often are (paradoxically) suffering from famine because their entire production ends up taken from them by land owners so they don't even have the food to feed themselves. Far better to work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, in a factory, for a guaranteed income that will at least pay the rent and 2 meals a day for you and your family. – jwenting Jan 18 '17 at 9:32

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