Industrial Revolution Blessing, or curse? By Joshua Curry. Hour 5

Like Andrew Jackson the industrial revolution was great, but it also had some not so great moments. The USA was farming and productive and then Samuel Slaughter brought new technology to it opening a factory. After that, factories started popping up all over and. The industrial revolution had begun. The Industrial Revolution was a blessing to our country because it opened up more jobs, it gave Americans easier and quicker ways to manufacture goods, and once the factories opened people could move to the cities and work for more dependable wages. As the factories got more popular they started to spread throughout the country, people began to move with them.

Jobs Open Up

The revolution opened up a lot more jobs for people to fill. When a factory opened up, it would require many workers, so common men signed up. "Similar developments soon took place in the United States, as hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers and their families arrived seeking jobs." This article italks about many men going to work. "The number of jobs for office workers, managers, and professional workers began to grow rapidly in the late 1800s." This movement also boomed the population growth and urban cities became more popular. People were attracted to cities with factories because many jobs would be available. Immagrants were also attracted to the US with the prospect of quality jobs. One minor downside to this growth in population was overcrowded cities.

Manufacturing Goods

Factories made it easy and quick to manufacture goods. Factories used machines to create and manufacture goods. In an article that I read, it said, "Machines can be reprogrammed to do different things, which increases the number of operations that can be mechanized." This talks about goods being created faster and machines doing a lot more work than a single worker. Although the goods were produced quicker, sometimes they weren't as high quality. This boom in manufacturing was still moving in the right direction and brought in more money and was more efficient and effective.

Urbanization and Wages

Urbanization increased rapidly when factories opened, which gave workers the opportunity to make money. In the text it said, "grew to enormous sizes when they were successful." In the article I read, it said that urban cities thrived and more and more workers got jobs which lead to them getting paid. As factories got bigger they took advantage of their workers giving them unfair hours and pay. In response, workers used their rights to crate labor unions (an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests). These groups stuck together to protectwages, hours, and freedoms.

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