Friedrich Engels Essay

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Friedrich Engels

During the time of the industrial era, there were many people upset over the manner in which the nations were being run. They were upset with the idea of capitol gain and how it was affecting people’s actions. They saw this era causing people to exploit each other with the intent of monetary gain. Those that were already part of the higher ranking class, the richer, would see reason to force the lower class, the working man, to spend his life in the new factories. He would be bullied into risking life and limb at the monstrous machines while hardly earning a penny. The working man suffered because the richer man owned the factory and consumed all the profits himself. Some men, however, saw a solution as well
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He noted that his rhyming was most likely not going to result in anything worth while in the world of poetry.2

After he had fallen away from the idea of poetry, he immersed himself in nothing but the classics. He combed through works of such authors as Siegfried, Faust, Octavian, and Böhme. Engels reveled in the new spirit of the literature which dated from the July revolution, which he claimed was "the finest expression of the will of the people since the wars for independence.3" Even as he enjoyed his newfound love of the classics, he moved to Bremen in 1838 to serve in the army for a year. But because he had studied commerce and worked for his father as an office clerk, he was able to move to Manchester to work with his father after his service. Manchester at the time was one of the most industrialized cities in the world. It was in this city that his father owned a cotton mill. This new work and habitat affected Engels and his view of industrialism. He looked around at the conditions that surrounded the city and it appalled him. He saw the working peoples; what they had to go through and the squalor they had to live in to survive in this new industrialized world. He was appalled by it and so wrote the informative pamphlet, Conditions of the Working Class in England. The document discussed the awful conditions that

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