Industrial Revolution, a Blessing or a Curse? Keaton moody. Hour 7

Sam Slater brought the first factory to America which started the factories in the northeast. Many people argued that rapid insdustrialization was a curse because it increased slavery and inequality. Many people also thought it was a blessing. Rapid industrialization was a blessing at the time because it had a lot more job opportunities, it boosted the economy, and formed labor unions.

Job Opportunities

Rapid industrialization helped with job opportunities from women to children to immigrants. Sadly not all was perfect there was discrimination for the women and immigrants but through time it went away. Everyone used to work from home, the women doing housework, making clothes, and cooking. Meanwhile the men would do farm work and field work. Then Sam Slater brought the first factory to America which made a lot of people get jobs outside of housework.

Boosted Economy

Since so many people were getting jobs it boosted the economy. This meant people working at factories could get more pay than what they were getting. People that usually did housework were getting job opportunities and factories were opening. Since these factories were opening, more cities were growing. More money was invested in finding a faster way to communicate which invented the telegraph.

Formed Labor Unions

Just because people got jobs doesn't mean they had good working conditions. Some people formed strikes, and others formed trade unions. Trade unions were a bunch of workers of the same skill that formed into groups to try to get their working conditions better. There were some problems, thought, the companies hired other people to take their place while they were trying to make their rights better. They called these people scabs and they were hated by the trade unions.

Works Cited

Exxon Mobil Corporation: workers rioting during Standard Oil strike, Bayonne, New Jersey, 1915. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/assembly/view/165146. Accessed 10 Mar. 2017.

Industrial Revolution: 18th-century English cottage industry. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/assembly/view/122191. Accessed 10 Mar. 2017

Service: flow of goods and services. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/assembly/view/167503. Accessed 10 Mar. 2017.

Sweatshop. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2017. school.eb.com/levels/middle/assembly/view/157595. Accessed 10 Mar. 2017

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