The book was originally written in German as the intent was to elicit response. It tells a tale of the working class of people in Victorian England. Engels was living in Manchester at the time and the writings are a testament to the struggles of the people involved. The book is a personal voyage detailing his personal observations of the event. Engels point was that the industrial revolution hurt workers rather than helped them. The book is a classic and must read for valuable viewpoint of historical substance. As with any labor situation, Engels focused on the wages and death rate of the labor force. This was also the springboard to Engels relationship with Karl Marx and the book is embraced by Marxists around the globe.
The diseases and other social issues were the fuse that lit Engels writings, which included an unusually large death rate amongst industrial workers. The book heavily influenced British historians and Engels soon became a name associated with the documentation of the event. The book has everything and provides a really look of an intense and historical event. It is a critically acclaimed production and can provide valuable insight into the industrial revolution and the relationship of it to the struggles of a populace.