Industrial Revolution Essay

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Industrial Revolution “Industrial Revolution”, in my opinion, is not a correct term. It makes it sound as though the whole thing happened at once, which it did not. It was rather an industrial evolution, or better yet an industrial chain reaction. One event impacted others and these changes impacted yet others. There were many important inventions during this time period. These inventions all made life a little easier for the people living during this time.

There was an increasing demand for new material for clothing. The invention of the spinning jenny and powered loom made this possible.

Steam engines provided power for machines. The cotton gin was another important invention. The Cotton gin made it possible
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This affected the lives of people because there were foreigners living in their country. Some would construe this as a bad thing. Some would consider this a good thing. The facts remain the same. Having foreigners in the country did put a bit of a strain on the economic resources.

However, they were contributing to economic growth. They came over in search of freedom, which they received. In return, they got jobs and took care of themselves and their families.

There were no laws to protect workers. In general, people thought that the government should not interfere in their business. Unacceptable working environments led to worker illness and death. Children even worked in factories. Children were paid less, therfore more desirable to factory owners. Children as young as 8 years old had to work long hours in terrible conditions. In 1825, workers gained the right to form workers unions. Through struggles such as strikes, workers gained better working conditions.

Without the Industrial Revolution, our world would not be the same. There would be no cars, trains of planes. We would have to pump water ourselves and spend long hours lighting fires and making sure they stayed lit. There would not be a vast variety of clothing like there is today. We would all have clothes that didn’t fit us, because we would have to wear them for long periods in our lives.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Industrial

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