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During Industrialization, America was going through a major overhaul. The common way of life was being drastically altered, with very serious effects. Some changes were for the better, others for the worse.

An advantage of the Industrial Revolution was that it made the United States a more powerful country overall. With more products being manufactured for trade, or for use at home to better one's life, America was on its way to securing itself as a world power. By 1910, the percentage of children graduating high school increased to almost five times the rate it had been in 1870. The Gross National Product increased as well, due to the rapid increase in manufacturing.

There was a dark side to Industrialization. Children were forced to work as many hours as adults, while earning less. Almost every factory worker worked in unsafe conditions, with no coverage if they got into an accident at work.

Most companies would only hire a worker if they agreed not to join a union. The working class lived in squalor, their housing arrangements overcrowded, with no indoor plumbing or running water. The factories themselves were unsafe, with no fire escapes, or ventilation systems to keep employees from freezing in the cold or passing out in the heat. Jobs went to whoever would do it for cheapest, and there was absolutely no job security