The Industrial Revolution was a very big turning point in our country that pretty much shaped the country into was it is today. During the Industrial Revolution, many things were changed, like the way people traveled from place to place, and the way communication improved. That's why I feel that the industrial Revolution was a blessing because we improved communication, we improved transportation, and we came up with lots of good inventions that made life a whole lot easier.
“I wish that in one instant I could tell you of my safe arrival, but we are 3,000 miles apart and must wait four long weeks to hear from each other.” In other words, you actually had to see someone in order to talk to them. That was until Samuel B Morse had changed the world forever. Samuel's journey to make the Telegraph happen was a tough one. He had to seek financial aid in order to get the money to build the lines that could send from one telegraph to another. The United States gave him $30,000 to do this. He stretched the electric receiving wire from Wasighton D.C to Baltimore. The telegraph was wonders for lots of people. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations. Later on after its sales have improved so now America and Europe had an Electrical line laid across the Altlantic Ocean so they could communicate with each other. This later fell out and telephones and the internet took over, but we al know what really started all of the new communication devices we have now. The telegraph.
Would you rather go up a river on a paddle boat or by swimming? The answer is neither. The real thing to say was a steamboat. The steamboat was invented by John Fitch, but the ones he made were expensive to build and hard to operate. They weren't as successful as Robert Fulton's steamboat invention in 1807. Robert Fulton's steam boat worked like this. The steam engine really was like a heating engine. The engine depended on heat for its source of energy. The heat makes the fuel turn to water and then the water passes through a boiler which makes the steam, and that leads to more working parts for the boat. Steamboats weren't the only improved transportation we had in the 19th Century. Railroads started booming across the nation. The first railroad state was in between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. After this happened the railways improved, a railroad stretched for as far as New Orleans to Chicago and it didn't stop there. Only ten years later the United States decided to make a transcontinental railroad that stretched from one side of the United States to the other, Pacific to the Atlantic. Trains were useful because they could carry goods from one place to another quicker than a carriage could.
A painted madel of a 19th Century train and railway
Life Changing Inventions
Lastly, Edmund Cartwright might've changed the manufacturing buisnesss forever. Edmund was the man who made the steam-powered loom that weaved cotton fabric, this led to the invention of more effective power looms and to the development of the modern weaving industry. The power loom made it less harder for people to weave fabric in the factories which lead to more production throughout the factory. Also, the cotton gin was another one. Even though it benefitted the south with them having to use less slaves, it still bettered our economy financially. The cotton gin sepereated the seed of the cotton from the cotton fiber. Before the cotton gin, many slaves were needed to do this, but now only one strong, powerful slave was able to do it. This lead to more slaves being bought and more cotton being produced. Don't forget that the Railroads and the Steam boats were also inventions during the Industrial Revolution.
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