The Industrial Revolution was of great importance to the economic development of the United States. The new era of mass production kindled in the United States because of technological innovations, a patent system, new forms of factory corporations, a huge supply of natural resources, and foreign investment. The growth of large-scale industry in America had countless positive results, but also negative results as well. Industrialization after the Civil War affected the United States in several ways including poverty, poor labor laws, and the condition of the people.
Between 1865 and 1920, Industrialization had many …show more content…
However, it was not useful for practical reasons since it one lasted for a short time. Several people such as scientist and inventors tried to improve the design of the incandescent light bulb during the following decades but never successful. Eventually, Thomas Edison, an inventor, made a major breakthrough by inventing a light bulb that was long lasting and could be manufactured commercially at a reasonable cost. Soon after, light bulbs replaced candles lamps, and lanterns in almost every urban household with access to electricity. Edison's light bulbs allow people to do many things at night, such as work, that used to only happen during the day. The Industrial Revolution had changed people lives for the better and the worse. Life was supposed to be easy for the Americans since there were more jobs and opportunities. However, they had long work hours in terrible factory conditions, work with dangerous machinery, very little pay, and spent majority of their time at work instead of at home with their family. The low wages made it impossible for the entire family to live on wages and the practice of child labor became rampant. Children as young as six years old during that period worked hard hours for a fraction of the adult pay and sometimes no pay at all. Children were forced to work up to 19 hours a day, with a one-hour break in total. Not only were these children bound by long hours, but also