industrial revoultion

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water power, the increasing use of steam power, and the development of machine tools.

The Industrial Revolution first started in Great Britain and eventually progressed to the United States in the early 19th century. It was first created to raise people's standard of living. Before the revolution, the majority of Americans lived on farmland, small towns, or villages where there was little manufacturing. A farmer usually also was able to make shoes, and the women spent their days making soap and candles, or spinning yarn or making clothing.

  • Poor struggled to survive and lived in smelly tenements, or small apartments.
  • The poor had no running water, but a community pump.
  • No sewage or sanitation systems, waste and garbage rotted in the streets.
  • Sewage was dumped into rivers, creating an overwhelming stench and contaminated drinking water. Led to diseases like cholera.
  • The Industrial Revolution marked a major turning point in Earth’s ecology and humans’ relationship with their environment. The Industrial Revolution dramatically changed every aspect of human life and lifestyles. The impact on the world’s psyche would not begin to register until the early 1960s, some 200 years after its beginnings. From human development, health and life longevity, to social improvements and the impact on natural resources, public health, energy usage and sanitation, the effects were profound.

    While the industrial revolution had both positive and negative effects on society and the economy, the negative effects outweighed the positive.

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