Was rapid industrialization a blessing or a curse for Americans? There are many ways to answer this. Yes, it gave job opportunities to immigrants, it created interchangeable parts, it made the South a leading exporter of cotton. Or no, child labor increased greatly, it caused discrimination against women in the work place, and it came with bad working conditions of all kinds. You could answer this going either way, but I believe that the Industrial Revolution was a blessing. Not only did it do those things but it also boosted the economy, provided more jobs, and improved our technology all together.
One way the Industrial Revolution was a blessing was how it boosted the economy. As said in the article, "City populations exploded during this period, which marked the transition from mostly agricultural economies to those dominated by machine-based manufacturing." The economy boomed with new technologies for transportation, production, and communication. Some of these inventions included the railroad, the telegraph, and factories. As mentioned above, the economy was mostly agricultural until the revolution. Many more products were able to be produced and exported during the revolution including the products produced agriculturally.
Another blessing the revolution brought, was that it created so many more jobs for people, women especially. Though they didn't get paid as much as the men, they finally had real job opportunities. Most people were factory workers. Factories boomed as a big part of the Industrial Revolution and practically took over cities. They were very important and so were the workers that operated them. As said in the article, "Farm laborers and artisans flocked to the manufacturing centers and became industrial workers. Cities grew rapidly. Factory centers such as Manchester, England, grew from villages into cities of hundreds of thousands in a few short decades. The percentage of the total population located in cities expanded steadily, and big cities tended to displace more scattered centers in western Europe’s urban map." As more job opportunities appeared so did the population.
The cotton gin
The Industrial Revolution brought many things, one of those being many new technologies such as the cotton gin. As said in the article, "The cotton gin is a machine for cleaning the seeds out of cotton. American mechanical engineer and manufacturer Eli Whitney invented it in 1793." The cotton gin replaced the work of individuals hand-picking the seeds out of cotton. Instead the seeds would mechanically be removed. This machine still required an operator, but picked the seeds out much faster than before.
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