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How Russia’s workers were sacrificed for “the greater good”
“The Industrial Revolution brought severe consequences to society. Factory owners, needing cheap, unskilled labor, profited greatly by using children and women to run the machines. By the age of 6, many children were already working 14 hours a day in factories! These kids had no free time to do anything else and earned low wages. Some got sick and died because of the toxic fumes, while others were severely injured and sometimes killed working at the dangerous machines in factories. Obviously, the Industrial Revolution had both good and bad sides.” (“Industrial Revolution.” Thinkquest.org)
System of serfdom (land-owners exchange land for work from unfree peasants)
"Agriculture is developing slowly, comrades. This is because we have about 25 million individually owned farms. They are the most primitive and undeveloped form of economy. We must do our utmost to develop large farms and to convert them into grain factories for the country organised on a modem scientific basis."
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“Russia under Stalin.” Thinkquest.org. Oracle. Web. March 13, 2013.
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