The Enclosure Acts and the Industrial Revolution

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March 8, 2012
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"An understanding of the Enclosure Acts is necessary to place aspects of the Industrial Revolution in their proper context. The Industrial Revolution is often accused of driving poor laborers en masse out of the countryside and into urban factories, where they competed for a pittance in wages and lived in execrable circumstances. But the opportunity that a factory job represented could only have drawn workers if it offered a better situation than what they were leaving." (03/08/12)  

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