A Blessing Or A Curse? By Jason Wu Hour 7

Industrial development started in the late 17th century. We now question whether it was a blessing or a curse because during the time period, both good and bad things happened. Industrial development began with Sam Slater who was a english immigrant, Slater started the industrial revolution with his knowledge and ability in industry. Slater left England when hearing was in need for skilled mechanics, Slater illegally carried out designs to the United States which was forbidden. Industrial development was a blessing because boosted the U.S economy, population increased, and improved transportation.

The Growing Economy

The United States government increased severely during the industrial revolution. During 1860, The U.S imported more manufactured than exported. But by the late 1800's, The United States became the largest and most competitive industrial nation in the world. Deciding to focus on industrialization and it having so much success in industry The United States's economy grew rapidly.


In addition to the increase of economy, there was a improvement of transportation. A increase of transportation ment the U.S exported goods faster and cheaper. Waterways were a major way to export goods to different places. Connected main waterways and so furnished a network of waterways to transport coal and other heavy goods. Railroads helped when it was impossible to dig canals and heavy loads needed to be transported. On early railroads one horse could haul as much coal as 20 horses could on a ordinary road. Railroads allowed goods to be reached to people with a affordable price.


Furthermore, immigration increased faster than ever. The Irish immigrated to America because of the potato famine. 1.5 million Irish immigrants left for America between 1846 and 1860. The second largest group of immigrants were Germans, between 1820 and 1860 immigrants sought work and opportunity. Immigrants brought languages, customs, religions, and traditonal. Immigrants increased Americans population by millions.

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