Positives Of The Black Plague: Labor Shortages Empowered The Working Class

By Karen Harris
The Great Plague actually created opportunities for Europe's poorest people. (northumberlandarchives.com)

The Black Death—the great waves of the bubonic plague that swept across Europe in the Middle Ages—killed more than one-third of the population, profoundly changing medieval society. While the catastrophic loss of life was devastating, it created opportunities that had significant effects on Europe and the rest of the world forever. The end of feudalism, opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the rise of the middle class all occurred in the wake of the Black Death