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The handicraft ideal of nineteenth century England and the industrial age.


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This paper concerns the arguments of John Ruskin, William Morris and members of the Arts and Crafts Movement against machinery and industrialization. They were disgusted by the bad design and poor workmanship of machine-made products and alarmed by the dehumanized quality of life for the majority of England's workers. This paper shows that in essence these arguments reflect a deep concern for raising the quality of life for the individual worker and for society as a whole.