Rapid Industrial Development, was it a curse or a blessing? Bobby Thomas, hour 5

Samuel slater was a skilled mechanic in what was once called the United Kingdom(England), he left the United Kingdom because he heard that there was a need for skilled mechanics in the United States, but at that period in time skilled mechanics were not allowed to leave the United Kingdom. Before Slater left to go to the United States he memorized the designs of Richard Arkwright, who invented the spinning frame. When Slater got to America he went to work for the Almy and Brown textile firm in providence, Rhode Island, he redesigned the equipment according with English specifications. After Samuel Slater redesigned the machinery at the Almy and Brown firm the American cotton textile industry took off. Rapid industrial development was a blessing because of economic growth, advancements in transportation, and advancements in communication.

Economic growth

New York in the 1850's

The Economic growth of the United States was a blessing. In the 1750 New York was the largest city in the United States, it had about 33,000 residents and then during the nineteenth century the population of new York multiplied fifty fold to about 1.5 million. Philadelphia had about 28,000 but it also multiplied and got much bigger. Factories used to be built by a running water source because they were water powered, but after coal-fired steam engines were invented factories started to move in or near existing cities, and there were a great number of workers available in those cities. An example of those types of cities that grew economically is Lowell Massachusetts.

Advancements in transportation

Streamlined steam locomotive

Next, the advancements in transportation are another one of the blessing of the industrial revolution. Most buildings in the early 19th century were within walking distance. The wealthy however, could afford to take carriages from there suburban homes to the commercial district. But these advances in transportation caused traffic jams, so big cities like New York started to develope subways, elevated trains, and other public transportation systems. New York wasn't the only city there was also cities like Paris, and Buenos Aires.

Advancements in Communication


Finally, the advancements in communication were another one of the blessings of the industrial development. A telegraph is any system that can send encoded information by signal across a distance. The creator of the telegraph was Samuel F.B. Morse. The telegraph was used to communicate in daily life, but it had an even more important use then that. The telegraph was also used to communicate back and forth between factories, probably to see if there producing the product at a reasonable price.

Works cited

"City." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/city/273680#234527.toc. Accessed 9 Mar. 2017.


New York City: New York City in the 1850s. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/assembly/view/113540. Accessed 9 Mar. 2017.

Samuel Slater." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 19 Sep. 2016. school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/Samuel-Slater/277087. Accessed 8 Mar. 2017.

Telegraph. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/assembly/view/215549. Accessed 10 Mar. 2017.

Twentieth Century Limited: streamlined steam locomotive designed by Dreyfuss. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/assembly/view/152704. Accessed 10 Mar. 2017.

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