Is Rapid Industrial Revolution a Blessing or a Curse? Erin Wetterstrom, hour 2

Was Industrial Revolution a blessing or a cures? The question is why, and this is because it changed America and the way we live now. The rapid Idustrial Revolution was a blessing, because it gave jobs to women, better transportation, and made America the leading exporter of cotton.

Jobs For Women

First of all, jobs for women helped women get closer to being treated right. In the early 1980's more than sixty percent of women form the ages 18 to 54 were working in the labor force( jobs). This has been on the increase for women with jobs since then. Also discrimination against women and minor workers was against the federal law since 1964. There was a downside to this too, it made it so women would get lower wages/money then men when pay day came around.

Women checking a parachute for flaws during World War II.

Better Transportation

Another reason is that it helped us have better transportation. The steamboat was invented in 1807 and it traveled down the Panama Canal. We also expanded our railroad system, and that made it so goods and livestock could travel to others parts of America. Another way we had better transportation was the improving of ships. One way ships improved was the Clipper ship that cut the distance to travel to another place in half. Finally, in 1908 the Model T Ford was invented and encouraged American to build roadways to move by cars.

The Modle T Ford, invented in 1908 that helped us travel on roads faster.

Cotton Exporting/ Cotton Gin

Last but not least, how the American exportation of cotton was a blessing in the Idustrial Revolution. In 1739 a man from the North invented the Cotton Gin, and that could take the seeds out of cotton fifty times fast then the a slave could with their hands. That then made the production of cotton how from 3,000 barrels of cotton to 73,000 barrels. Since that happened America exported 75% of the worlds cotton. Even with all this good stuff going on this caused the need for more people working on the land, and that meant the need for slaves grew and that wasn't good and upsets they North. Finally, all of of this brought America to where it is today.

The Cotton Gin, that was invented in 1793 by Eli Whitney.

Works Cited :

Appleby, Joyce, Alan Brinkley, Albert S. Broussard, James M. McPherson, and Donald A. Ritchie. Discovering Our Past: A History of the United States. Bothell, WA: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. Print.

"Cotton gin." Britannica School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1 March. 2017.

Cotton gin. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 19 Sep. 2016

Feminism: women factory workers, about 1910. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017

''Labor" Britannica School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017

Parachute: women inspection a parachute for flaws during World War II. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017

"Transportation revolutions." Britannica School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017

Transportation: Model T Ford. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017

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