The Industrial Revolution

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"No development in modern history has affected individuals more than the Industrial Revolution". The Industrial Revolution took place from 1730 - 1830. European and American society, ideals, and politics advanced greatly during this time period.

During the Industrial Revolution many of the philosophers of the time challenged common beliefs. Enlightened thinkers challenged the existing order and opened a gap between intellectuals and established institutions. One of the intellectual was John Stuart Mill. He published his ideas on how to "protect the rights of individuals and minorities".

During the Industrial Revolution society began to transform. More and more people began flocking to the cities looking for work. In the urban areas two new classes developed. Society was split between employers and employees. A revolution that accord in society was that women were allowed in the work place. Cheap labor was the foundation of the industrial revolution. Woman, children, and slaves were given low wages if any to work.

During the Industrial Revolution political ideas prospered. Socialism was appealing to a large number of the working class in the urban societies They enjoyed the ideals of fair wages and equality in the work place. Nationalism was also spreading around the world. Nationalism put an emphasis on cultural unity.

The Industrial Revolution impacted peoples' minds, lives, and the government. The affects were both positive and negative. It was undoubtedly a significant period in American and European history.