The Iron Men: The Workers Who Created the New Iron Age

November 1, 2020
The Iron Men: The Workers Who Created the New Iron Age

The eighteenth century saw the second Iron Age. Practicallyeverything was made of iron: the machines of the IndustrialRevolution; bridges and the ships that went under them; the trainsrunning on their rails; and the frames of the firstskyscrapers.But progress was bought at a price and the working classes paidit. The knife grinders of Sheffield were lucky to reach their 30thbirthday before their ruined lungs gave up, women chain makers weredescribed as 'The White Slaves of England' and, in a time beforehealth and safety regulations, each advance in technology risked anew kind of deadly accident.Tracking both the brilliant innovation of the period and thehardship and struggle that powered it, this is the story of howiron changed the world.