The rapid industrial development of America had a massive impact on how people lived their lives in the 1800's and even today. It all started with Samuel Slater illegally smuggling a British factory blueprint to America. After that, facotiries started popping up everywhere. The industrialization of America had many consequences, some good and some bad, and these consequences shaped America in to what it is today. The rapid industrial development of America was a blessing because it provided jobs for women, improved our communication technology, and helped America's population growth increase.
Women at work in a textile factory
Women at Work
Women being allowed to work in factories was a blessing because families no longer had to rely on a single person income. With more money circulating this boosted the economy. This was also a big step towards equal rights for women. For a long time women were expected to stay home clean, the house, cook, do the chores and nothing more. Now they had a way to support their families and make money off it too.
With rapid industrialization came the need for faster communication. Samuel Morse created a device that could do just that. The telegraph could do what used to take days and sometimes weeks in less than 10 minutes. Now that we had a way to communicate more quickly and more effectively, the rate of industrial expansion increased even more. The telegraph also paved the way for many more technological innovations.
Immigrants arriving in America
With the arrival of so many immigrants the population of America began to skyrocket. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world flooded into America during the mid/late 19th century. Some were fleeing their homes to escape famine and bad conditions and others just wanted to start over. With so many new citizens American cities began to grow and grow and grow. A bigger population meant more people working, more money flowing and a better economy. Immigrants were a big part in shaping the American culture we see every day.
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