Industrial Development Presentation By Gage mahurin, hour 4.

American industry was a curse to America, it caused a lot of strikes, protests, and all around just not good situations workers and families had to face. The Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the late 1700s, manufacturing was often done in people’s homes, using hand tools or basic machines. In 1790, Samuel Slater, a cotton spinner's apprentice who left England the year before with the secrets of textile machinery, built a factory from memory to produce spindles of yarn. Overlooking the Industrial Revolution, most people will say it boosted the American economy as a whole, but it had a large impact on Americans. American industry was a curse to America, it caused a lot of strikes,protests, and all around just not good situations workers and families had to face. Industrialization had a huge impact on the north and the south, but mostly north. The south wanted their economy to be based off irrigation and cotton. The north wanted their Economy to be based off of industrial factories.

Working Conditions were Horrid

Industrial boom was a success for America and factories, but in perspective it made children work hard jobs that put their lives in danger everyday and got payed low wages. On average, a shift lasted 12-14 hours and in between that during their lunch break they often had to use that time to clean the machines they recently used. The hours were extensively hard and take a toll on someone after working for several years. Poeple often had lost fingers and had cuts everywhere in the meat industry. Iron weights were hung around children's Necks and often doused in water to keep them awake. A lot of people working for the metal industry often got burned in the shoulders from heating hot metals and dehydrated from no A/C at the time.

Caused Discrimination Against Women

Factories and businesses often hired children and women more than men for some simple reasons that caused a lot of protest and discussion. They wanted children and women over men mostly because they could pay them unfair wages that were lower pay then those of men. Paying them lower wages and them doing beneficial jobs for America and is more beneficial to the business and economy. Also women could not vote and their educational opportunities were severely limited and slim. Not all women believed in equality for the sexes, women who upheld traditional gender roles argued that politics were improper for women. Between 1880 and 1910, the number of women employed in the United States increased from 2.6 million to 7.8 million. Although women began to be employed in business and industry, the majority of better paying positions continued to go to men.

Slavery Increased

Cotton was one of the world’s first luxury commodities, after sugar and tobacco, and was also the commodity whose production most dramatically turned millions of black human beings in the United States themselves into commodities. Cotton became the first mass production commodity in the 1800s. New England helped with slavery increase when their mills consumed 283.7 million pounds of cotton, or 67 percent of the 422.6 million pounds of cotton used by U.S. mills in 1860. Defenders of slavery argued that the sudden end to the slave economy would end up killing economic impact in the South where reliance on slave labor was the key to their economy. The cotton economy would collapse. The tobacco crops would dry in the fields. Rice would dry out being unprofitable. Also slaves often tried escaping and often revolted. Like Nat Turners slave revolt in 1831.

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