Propose thesis based on historical evidence reading

propose your own thesis. Use one of the following three question sets to guide you and be sure to use specific historical evidence to support your views.

1. After reading the “Sadler Report on Child Labor” and the “Commission on Women Coal Miners” report, what parts of industrial labor do you think were the worst for workers and why? Give 2-3 examples from the documents to support your view, including how they relate to the broader history of Industrial Revolution and to human rights of life, liberty, and/or property.

2. Adam Smith, in Wealth of Nations, said of businessmen that, by “pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society.” Using both his document and what you know about the history of the Industrial Revolution, in what way(s) would you say Smith was right and in what way(s) was he wrong. Be sure to give at least one specific example of each (how he was right and how he was wrong) in relation to rights to life, liberty, and/or property.

3. How did Engels’ “Principles of Communism” support the rights to life, liberty, and/or property? In what way(s) did he document deny these rights? Does Engels’ document support the idea of “wage slavery”? Why or why not?

Historical Evidence Reading:
eReader: Sadler Report on Child Labor
eReader: Commission on Women Miners
eReader: Smith, Wealth of Nations (1776)
eReader: Engels, Principles of Communism (1847)