Family life in the 18th century

Marriage, children, economic circumstances and social status were closely linked in the 1700s. The majority of families were like Daniel Defoe, the famous English author, the "middle class" or the middle class, which was not a marital status before the 18th century. In the 1600's, people were either rich or privileged or completely poor and there was no one among them. The rise of the middle class in the XVIII. It started in the century and its impact on the family was enormous.

The top class women and men have not married for love. Instead, they were strictly married for financial and social reasons. Women who still want to live in a wealthy household simply have not married a middle or lower class man. A self-conscious gentleman did not even consider marriage to a poor family of a woman. It was unlikely that he possessed the social grace and dowry needed to go to such a society. In addition, the rumors would be full of a rich young man wanting such a poor girl. Perhaps he was "married" and was willing to get her? Such humiliation could never be visited by his family.

The middle class, however, could marry whom they preferred. It did not make sense to middle-class women to marry a poor man as his children would be raised in poverty, but if his happiness depends, his family is unlikely to interfere. It was not necessary to marry social status or wealth, as the middle class did not.

Yet the concept of middle class remains a privilege. By the 18th century, like the middle class, it did not exist. The lower class worked hard to live a life and their children are expected to work with them. The school was a privilege that only the upper class could afford. And in the 18th century, the infant was still not in the lower class. The industrial revolution has brought incredible changes to the society of the 1700s. The overwhelming majority of the people who worked in new factories that produced products such as agricultural equipment, clothing and toys were in a lower class. Not surprisingly, lower-grade children have also worked in these factories that earn far less than their parents' poor pay. The kids worked as hard as their parents, who often wear heavy materials or sit in industrial machines for hours in the shameful factory conditions. If at that time the "sweatshop" had been made, then they actually described those factories where these lower-class families worked.

However, the middle and upper classes did not enter the factory. The middle class kids first went to school in history. In the summer and fall months only famers children took time out of school to help crop and harvest crops in the summer and fall months. She determined if her wife was able to work outside the home or whether her children were attending school or not. He owned all the property and money of the family. Divorce was extremely rare, as women leaving their husbands did not have viable means of survival. Mothers generally stayed at home, held a fireplace, and produced more children. Their work is not easy. The mothers cleaned the house, handmade their clothes on their family, cooked, thought about the kids, held a garden, and usually tried to meet their husbands. Women's social status was much lower than men and they rarely questioned her husband's decisions.

However, many families in the upper and middle class were quite satisfied in the 18th century. The Industrial Revolution has stirred up new technologies that make life easier. Marriages were generally harmonious, the children were kindly treated and their faith in God was extremely important. The people's inherent goodness provided a solid backbone for families and created a law-abiding and civilized society in which families flourished

Source by Lucy Bushman

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