The Industrial Revolution

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In the Eighteenth century, there was a revolutionary advancement, named the Industrial Revolution. The industrial revolution was the upgrading from hand-powered machinery to the age where power driven manufacturing was used industrially. The industrial revolution brought about good change in the world; it allowed people to turn raw materials into useable products quicker and more efficiently than before. This upgrade in history was sprouted from the agricultural revolution that began before the Industrial Revolution. Inventions such as the steam engine and the horse plow made for a more efficient and rapid workday. These inventions and others increased output of the economy, and living conditions grew better from the days of working on the fields to the new days of working in the factories.

Before the industrial revolution, the work force was based out in the fields, working and tilling the land in order to bring in raw material.

The agricultural revolution changed that so that fewer bodies were needed to yield the same product, and the rest had time to do other things. The people who used to work "outside" now had jobs inside the many factories being built. The factories were no place that people wanted to be, but it was where the money was being made.

Money was being made in new places now that people had new capabilities to do so. Owning land was no longer the main source of money. The wealthy people owned factories, which was where the money was being made.

While there are a few times in history when noticeable changes occurred and spurred new thinking and development, such as the renaissance, or the age of enlightenment, the industrial revolution was a time of social and economical change. It was a change for the better; the revolution introduced a new lifestyle...