The Industrial Revolution: The Positive Effects Of Advancements In Society

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Advancements in society will always have flaws, but the important thing is that the improvements outweigh the negative side effects. The Industrial Revolution was a time of major change that improved many aspects of life while also bringing along some negative effects. It began with improvements to the newly invented steam engine and involved the steam engine becoming a major source of most power. It was then used to power the new factories of the time leading to a new way of manufacturing that took advantage of these factories, allowing goods to be made faster, on a mass scale, while also lowering prices. This led to a major breakthrough in jobs as factories became more and more popular making jobs more available to the people. Within time, …show more content…
These Inventions played a giant role in the Industrial Revolution alongside the factories. This is supported by an article on Softschool.com in which the following is stated, “As these inventions created new manufacturing and industry, many people also moved away from farms into cities. It was a time of very rapid change in the world” (softschools.com). Many were used for production in order to increase speed as well as to make it possible to produce more at once. An example of this was Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, which according to Thomas Jefferson, in a letter he wrote to Eli Whitney, “...was the most useful and important invention...” (Founders Online). It was revolutionary as it sped up the process in which seeds could be separated from cotton while also removing people from the equation as it could be powered by other sources such as the steam engine. It also introduced a new type of machine with exchangeable parts in which the parts could be replaced and removed, making it more cost efficient and easier to fix; however, there were many inventions that increased other aspects of society during the Industrial Revolution. Some inventions, such as Samuel F.B. Morse’s telegraph, increased communication on a mass scale, allowing people to interact between great distances: “Samuel Morse invents the telegraph, which allows messages to be sent quickly over a wire...telegraph wires …show more content…
Those who oppose the Industrial Revolution believe that the Industrial Revolution was a major negative because children and adults alike were employed and overworked with less than satisfactory conditions; however, they are wrong because they fail to understand that after some time those conditions were recognized and safety laws and regulations called Factory Acts were passed to prevent the over laboring of both children and adults as well as to fix the problems occurring: “British Parliament began investigating the conditions in factories for children...sought to pass a bill through Parliament to decrease child labor and regulate all factories to have a 10-hour work day” (webs.bcp.org). On top of this, Labor unions were also formed in order for the workers to band together to demand for certain rights or conditions they felt they deserved in the workplace. The labor unions would choose a representative who negotiates with the employer or boss: “For those in the industrial sector, organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired” (history.com). Another aspect that disproves this conjecture is the fact that without factories, there would be no mass production subsequently meaning that the today without

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