The industrial revolution bought humanity to a whole new level, but also caused a generation of workers outrun by the moving wheel of technology and left behind.
My father was one of them.
When human industry fell, and concrete jungles raised on top of it, buried underneath was hundreds of millions of factories workers, coal miners and many more. I’m not against technological improvement, but is there a better approach to it then causing a huge amount of unemployment? A way to make it benefit more people in more ways?
That’s also the problem we face today with the oncoming automation era.
Btw the industrial revolution happened between 1820 and 1840; so the story is fictional, but the question is very real.