Crabtree and Ward Interview

Updated: 10/3/2021
Crabtree and Ward Interview

Storyboard Description

Interview on Michael Ward, a doctor, and Michael Crabtree, a victim of child labour in the Industrial Revolution.

Storyboard Text

  • Let's look at M. Crabtree, a victim of child labor in the Industrial Revolution and his experience of the Power Loom. We'll also take a look at Michael Ward, a doctor, and his view of the children's health.
  • Top of the morning Michael Crabtree, I am Michael Sadler, please tell us about your view of the Industrial Revolution.
  • I was 8 years old at the time. While working, it was just so hard to breathe because of how many people working besides you. You had to keep up with the pace of the machines or you would get beaten severely for "slacking off."
  • Good morning to you too. It was a time I do not like to remember. I was forced to work as a blanket manufacturer and work from 6am to 8pm. With only an hour of leisure.
  • What were the machines like and where are you now?
  • As I grew older, I joined the labor unions to fight for safer working conditions, better hours, and higher pay. We joined together in hopes of future generations not to endure the same pain as we did.
  • I almost lost my finger to the Power Loom Machine and I saw a girl's hair get stuck in it, it was horrifying.
  • I am Yvonne He, 15 years old, who knows what could of happened to me during the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain back in the 1800s.
  • Good morning Doctor Ward, please give us some information about yourself.
  • I am honored with this interview. I was a doctor in Manchester for 30 years, I treated several children who worked in the Manchester factories.
  • Please give the committee information on your knowledge of the health of workers in cotton-factories
  • Michael Sadler is interviewing Michael Crabtree, and his experience with the Industrial Revolution. Crabtree is upset with the past laws and wants better for future generations.
  • One summer, I visited three cotton factories, and I couldn't remain ten minutes in the factory without gasping for breath. When I was a surgeon in the infirmary, accidents were very often admitted to the infirmary. In some instances, I saw a finger or two lost due to the dangerous machinery.
  • The children's hands and arms were commonly caught in the machinery. In many instances, the muscles and the skin is stripped down to the bone.
  • Even though his freedom was stripped away from him, Michael Crabtree fought for the protection of future workers and the end of child labor so this madness wouldn't repeat itself. This is the end of Crabtree's scene.
  • The Industrial Revolution was detrimental because young children were forced against their will to work. Adding on, they had to work in poor conditions that damaged their sensitive body making them weak and helpless. If they didn't work or seemed like they "slacked off," they would get severely beaten by their bosses.
  • The age the children were employed at was a time where they should play with toys, go outside to play with their friends, and have a childhood. Their childhood and freedom was stripped away from them because of the Industrial Revolution. Because of young children's bodies still developing, it doesn't have the strength to protect them from chemicals, smoke, etc. Children had to pay with their life because they were forced to do it in the first place, and if they don't work, they'll get beat until they bleed out blood and tears.
  • Doctor Michael Ward was interviewed about the health of textile factory workers on March 25, 1819, by the House of Lords Committee.
  • Doctor Michael Ward gives his honest judgement on the children's physical health. He states that even he couldn't bare the terrible air quality for a short amount of time. So it makes us think what the children have to endure for 14 to 16 hours straight.
  • To sum it up, the Industrial Revolution caused harm because it was unfair to people, especially children, which resulted in them getting injured. In closing, children had to pay with their life to survive another day in hell.