This paper will describe The Industrial Revolution. I will discuss at least two (2) developments of industrialization that positively affected American lives or the United States and two (2) developments of industrialization that negatively affected American lives or the United States in general. Furthermore, I will give an analysis of whether or not industrialization was generally beneficial or detrimental to the lives of Americans and the history of the United States. All findings will be supported by facts and references.
The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution I think was an unique time to be alive, some people would argue the World would not be where we are today without this time period. The biggest advances in manufacturing, mining, technology, transportation and agriculture led to changes in the way the world produced its goods. The Industrial Revolution begun in the United Kingdom then eventually spreading to the United States and ultimately the entire world.
Positive Developments in Industrialization
There were many developments in the industrialization era, some good some not so good. I would like to start with the development of the industrial systems. Industrial systems can be categorized as arrangements or processes (Davidson, D & McGraw-Hill 2011) such as “extraction, production, transportation, distribution or finance- organized to make the whole industrial order function smoothly.”(Davidson, D & McGraw-Hill p. 511). With these fundamentals in place a new age of industry took place. An efficient transportation system was needed in order to tie the United States into an emerging international economy. (Davidson, D & McGraw-Hill). Railroads and steam-powered ships were the way of life by the 1870s, railroads zigzagged across the United States and steam powered ships sailed the open seas with passengers and freight. Once these two transportation systems fused,
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