The Industrial Revolution

By: Bri K.

My invention that had an impact during the Industrial Revolution is the typewriter.


The typewriter was first invented in 1868 by Americans Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel W. Soule.

A typewriter is a machine with keys which, when pressed down, produce ink letters or symbols on a piece of paper, which form words.

The typewriter was used to create documents and letters faster. This machine was invented to save time and effort from needing to write your entire document out by hand, to typing it.

Today's modern version of the typewriter is the computer. The computer does the same thing as a typewriter: it produces ink letters or symbols on a piece of paper. However, the computer can create documents electronically and more efficiently. When you have finished your document, you can use a printer to transfer the document from your computer, onto a piece of paper.


The typewriter positively changed the United States through the advancement in technology and the high amount of work and social changes it brought to our country. When the typewriter was invented, many more jobs opened up - for men and women - who were willing to work as typists. The typewriter negatively changed the United States by making women believe they could work and earn money for themselves, which men did not like. Typists were one of the first jobs women could work as, so this job made women feel like they had a purpose and they had rights in America, supporting the Women's Suffrage movement in the United States.

The typewriter impacted the conflict between the Northern and Southern parts of the United States because it was a new form of technology that could be produced in the North and sold to wealthy slaveholders in the South. Now these slaveholders could buy slaves who knew how to write, and instead of writing their own documents, these slaveholders could just have their slaves type it for them. This caused conflict because now the North was manufacturing the typewriter and causing the South to need to buy more slaves, because now there was more work to be done, even though the North did not support slavery.