Rapid industrial development Blessing or curse? Payton Dean Hour 5

Background Information

The Industrial Revolution started in Britain and spread through Europe then to North America in the early 1800s. It is was the start of industrialization. It was the introduction to power-driven tools which organized and created better goods. It also gave many job opportunities to the growing population. This caused the economy to boost. Samuel Slater, "The Father of American Industrial Revolution" brought the industry to America. America experienced life changing events and inventions during this time. Therefor, the Industrial Revolution was a blessing because of more job opportunities, complex inventions, and a boosted economy.

Job Oppurtunities

Many jobs were to work in the factory. As population grew and factories were built, more jobs to help in the factory opened up. The people would work making foods, metals, and even cotton. Goods were shipped and the economy was booming. America would not have the jobs it has today if it wasn't for the industry and factories. According to Britannica Encyclopedia, "More and more industries used interchangeable parts and machine tools." More tools and machines equals more jobs and a stronger economy.


The Industrial Revolution sparked ideas that led to what we have today. One of the first time saving invention was the cotton gin. It produced cotton 50 times more than a slave could and is now how we have most of the clothes we wear. Another invention was the telegraph. It improved communication in a fast and efficient way. From metals to cloth, workers made it all and helped shaped our country economically.

Economy Growth

After the cotton gin was invented, the economy was rising. But the economy boomed after the Industrial Revolution happened. Jobs were opened and the people of America were hungry for money and material. Many materials and goods were made to improve everyday life which made us grow as a nation. Based on The Early Industrial Revolution article, "Economic developments coincided with dramatic changes in family life, particularly declining family size and increasing life expectancy." Many agricultural towns soon became rural. Industrial Revolution shaped our country and brought people to work together.

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Dublin, Thomas. “Women and the Early Industrial Revolution in the United States.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2 Aug. 2012, www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/age-jackson/essays/women-and-early-industrial-revolution-united-states. Accessed 10 Mar. 2017.

"Industrial Revolution." Article, Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 7 Mar. 2014. school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/Industrial-Revolution/275053. Accessed 8 Mar. 2017.

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