Industrial Revoluiton: the positives and negitives of the industrial revolution in social, political, and economic areas.

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Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution is a major factor in why our nation is like it is today. We are a nation formed under capitalism, and the industrial revolution was the epitome of capitalism. It was the start of big business, big cities, and big pay checks for some. A lot of good things and some bad things came form the revolution. It seemed that a positive usually went hand in hand with a negative. For instance the use of mass production gave us products quicker and more efficient but it lead to unsafe working conditions and child labor. Also the revolution made some people very rich but the change to the city nearly wiped them out. Even though there are pros and cons to many aspects of the revolution I believe that over all the Industrial Revolution was a positive thing; with the improvements in technology, new inventions, and the growing idea if you worked hard enough you could succeed.

The revolution gave us inventions that, "...a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamed (George)". Lead by the minds of Bell and Edison our nation began seeing invention that would let people live more comfortably, more efficient, and easier. Edison provided us with such luxuries as the telegraph, light bulb, storage batteries and the motion-picture camera and film. Bell was the first to come up with the telephone. These inventions, along with the sowing machine, are still used today with a few improvements. There were other technological achievements as well. The Bessemer Process would strengthen our iron ore to steel. Other things such as, "...bottle and glassmaking, canning, four milling, match production and petroleum refining" were many examples of how the revolution was improving the old and showing was what we can do. All of these helped...