Industrial Revolution Research Paper

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Stanley Edwards
U.S History
Brigitte Powell
Summer 2014

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The Industrial Revolution was a major change in the U.S. Until the early 1800s, the majority of the people had to make their clothes and tools by hand. The Industrial Revolution was very important to the American people and the economic future of the United States. The American Revolution also improved communication, banking, and improved transportation. It was a time of major inventions being created when machines were invented to do vast majority of the work that used to be done hand, Industrial time of dramatic change, from hand tools and handmade items, to products which were mass produced by machines. The Industrial Revolution made a swift change to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production the also the steam engine was invented, the iron and textile industries became explosive businesses that played central roles in the industry. There were three industrial developments that steam rolled its way to industrialization in America. Workers became more productive. Since more items were manufactured, prices dropped, making exclusive and hard to make items available to the poor and not only the rich and elite Life generally improved, but the Industrial Revolution also proved harmful. Pollution increased, working conditions were harmful, and factory owners employed women and young children, making them work long and hard hours.

The Industrial Revolution was a huge economic and major movement in the 1800s, and 1900s, in which machines changed people's lives as well as their methods of manufacture.
During the American Revolution, the people of England began to use sewing machines to make cloth and steam engines to run the machines. A little later they invented locomotives at that time
Page 3 employers began to see major changes in production that skyrocketed with a climb upwards with spectacular success in numbers and profits. By the early 1800s, most Englishmen were laboring in industrial towns, and Great Britain had become the workshop of the world. From Britain the Industrial Revolution spread gradually throughout Europe and to the United States One the most important changes that led to the revolution were, (1) Machines were invented to do the work of hand tools (2) The invention of the steam engine, and sources of electricity and power, that took the place of the hard labor and long hours of brute muscles and broken down bodies of people and their animals. (3) Then it was the adoption of the factory system. Before the American Revolution poor people and their children would have no education and would work sun up to sun down on the farm, before the invention of machines this kind of labor was needed to provide enough food for the whole family along with clothes and a home. Until John Kay invented the flying shuttle in 1733 and James Hargreaves the spinning jenny 31 years later, the making of yarn and the weaving of cloth had been much the same for thousands of years.

That was just the beginning for the Industrial Revolution It grew more powerful and successful very rapidly as new inventions and manufacturing processes added to the efficiency of machines and increase productivity.

Page 4 Beginning in about 1400, world commerce grew so rapidly and changed so greatly that people use the term commercial revolution. This method opened up the riches of the East to Western Europe. America was discovered, and European nations began to acquire rich colonies. New trade routes were opened. The you had the Trading firm which was the British East India Company that were chartered by governments. The also had a demand to build larger ships, and the profits were so great that they started building larger cities at an astounding rate.
In England, their merchants were leaders in developing a commerce which increased the demand for more goods. The expansion in trade had