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Liberty's DawnA People's History of the Industrial Revolution$
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Emma Griffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300151800

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300151800.001.0001

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(p.241) Chapter Ten Conclusion
Liberty's Dawn

Emma Griffin

Yale University Press

This book has examined how the industrial revolution helped Britain make the transition to modernity. It has considered the impact of industrialization on working men and women who lived through it by focusing on their autobiographies. These autobiographers, such as John Bennett, a carpenter born in rural Wiltshire in 1787, articulated their thoughts about the developments brought about by the industrial revolution. They celebrated improvements and progress, but also questioned the way the very fabric of life seemed to have changed. The autobiographers not only commented on the changes in their personal circumstances, but also reflected upon the strides that other members of the working class seemed to be making.

Keywords:   industrial revolution, Britain, modernity, industrialization, autobiographies, John Bennett, working class

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