DBQ Classes

 Compare middle-class and working-class attitudes
toward work and its effect on the worker in the 19th
century Western Europe.
 Upper classmen vs. Lower classmen in High school.
 What are attitudes about school what is the effect?
-With a partner read all 10 docs and take notes.
-Focus on attitudes and effect!
-How do you set up notes?
 Working class, middle class, cross overs
Anything else?
 In the 19th century the middle-class had a positive view
about work and blamed negative effects on the
workers’ poor character. The working-class, however,
viewed the new industrial work negatively and blamed
their poor condition on the work. There were
members of society whose views crossed social lines.
 The middle class found work during the industrial
revolution positive and blamed any negative effects on
the poor character of the working class. This positive
view of work can be seen in a Sunday school hymn that
teaches children that work is good and builds moral
character. Idleness will lead one down the path of the
devil. (Doc 1) This document is being supported by
the school system and the church adding to its
influence on the next generation of workers.
 The report of Barrois also shows another positive
attitude from the middle class by stating it is false to
equate the hours of work as arduous work. They also
go on to report that the work is not that bad and the
working class is lazy and that is why the conditions
seem so poor to the working class.

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