ada in the city

ada in the city

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  • 1829 - Move to the City
  • Ma, I hate our new home.
  • It will be alright, honey.
  • 1830 - Ada's New Job
  • I don't get breaks, I'm starving and I'm exhausted. I hate this job.
  • 1832 - Death of Ada's Mother
  • Mom, No! Please don't leave me, I don't have anyone else.
  • A seven-year-old girl named Ada and her mom moved to the city due to her mom's weaving business going bankrupt.  She does not like her new home; a unit in a tenement. It is very dirty, cramped and loud. She is told to not go outside alone to the crime-ridden streets of the city.
  • 1838 - Ada protests for the rights of the Working Class
  • We deserve better working and living conditions!
  • Ada and her mom get a job at a textile factory. They learn to use a machine called the spinning jenny, that lets her weave eight threads of cotton at the same time. The work environment is awful. It is dusty and the overseers often whip her when she drowses off. Plus, Ada and her mom receive low wages.
  • 1844 - Factory Act
  • Sure, I helped make improvements but as factory workers, we still have poor working and living conditions.
  • The Steam Engine that powers the cotton mills in the factory emits pollution, worsening the work environment. Ada's mum was given the task to clean the steam engine that was not fenced and still functioning. In result, she got injured and bleed to death. 
  • 1845 - Cholera Outbreak
  • After Ada hears about numerous protests fighting for the rights of the working class and decides she joins one, knowing it is illegal. This is due to the British Parliament passing the Combination Acts in 1799 and 1800, making it illegal for workers to unit, combine, or form organizations to ask for better working conditions.
  • I hope I can make a difference.
  • UK Parliament passes the Factories Act. Which requires all dangerous machines to be securely fenced off for the safety of the workers. Ada is glad her protesting has resulted in improvements. However, workers are still poorly paid and work long exhausting hours.
  • Due to the deficient water supply and pollution around the tenements, Cholera diseases swept through the slums. In result, Ada gets sick and dies alone. 
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