The Industrial Revolution During The 19th Century Essay

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The industrial revolution was one of the most influential revolutions to take place in human history. The changes brought by this period of time have had an effect on even people now. “The Industrial Revolution, which took place from the 18th to 19th centuries, was a period during which predominantly agrarian, rural societies in Europe and America became industrial and urban.”(history.com) Before this period of change, the majority of people were farmers. But why is less than 3% of our population are farmers now?(agclassroom.org)
Before the industrial revolution, many people were farmers and they lived on the land of aristocrats. Many people only used tools made in their own village, and they would live in one place for their whole life.(britannica.org) Most people would go their whole life without leaving their own country. Things were very different before the revolution. “Cloth merchants, for instance, would buy raw wool from the sheep owners, have it spun into yarn by farmers ' wives, and take it to country weavers to be made into textiles. These country weavers could manufacture the cloth more cheaply than city craftsmen could because they got part of their living from their gardens or small farms. The merchants would then collect the cloth and give it out again to finishers and dyers. Thus they controlled cloth making from start to finish. Similar methods of organizing and controlling the process of manufacture came to prevail in other industries, such as the nail,…

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