Nowadays people in the workforce are protected somewhat from harsh, cruel working conditions. Also sick days and holidays are allowed. But still, in other parts of the world, work conditions are unforgiving and life-threatening. Many people die from fatigue because of over-working. Others die in accidents caused by unsafe machinery which should not be in use. Also in many cases family is ripped apart because of finacial stress while in other families single parents often have to work overtime or take on more than one job, just to support his or her dependents.
As stated before there were many social issues in the 19th century, as with all the centuries before them. Some problems spanned back decades, even hundreds of years while other problems were new and directly affected the lifestyles of the people who lived then. Although the world has changed a lot since the 1800's, such as child labour or lifestyles, many things such as discrimination towards other races and cultures are still around today and may as well still exist at the end of time. Everyday things change; people are born, people die, yet everyone goes on woth their day to day lives, practically oblivious to the problems around them. Some people try to change things but they, while passionate, are few in number and in order to fix these problems everyone around the world needs to participate. But this will never happen, people are too obsessed with their differences and that is why these problems will continue to affect people lives. because frankly no one cares about the problems of others.