Industrial Revolution

explanatory Essay
1268 words
1268 words

Industrial Revolution Europe during the eighteenth century was at the height of the industrial revolution, none of which reached America. In New England the population was largely English, but America as a whole had more than 20 ethnic strains present, nowhere in Europe could such a heterogeneous mixture be found. America was unique in its political structure. Americans vested authority in personalities, rather than, as in England, in institutions of tradition. As a people they had been striped of traditions. America lacked the centuries of tradition that other societies had. American cities not only solved thier problems, but they sought to solve them. European cities were encrusted with centuries of tradition and moved only by custom, problems just accumulated and increased. America also found unique ways to solve thier problems. Whereas in Europe the government was controlled by a closed, self perpetuating corporation of Aldermen and council men with a high resistance to all pleas for civic improvements. Americans circumvented this block in governmental action by the concept of the voluntary society. Benjamin Franklin utilized this concept in developing the American voluntary fire department in 1736. The public library, college of Philadelphia, the America Philosophical society are all out growths of this voluntary society. Another unique feature of America was that the rigid class structure of Europe has degenerated into a cliche observed in form but not practice. Leadership in America was open to anyone had the ability to assert it. European societies of the eighteenth century had the bulk of their cites composed of unemployed laborers, vagabonds, beggars. No large laboring class dominated America cites. Amidst urban dw... ... middle of paper ... ...r to stimulate an every expanding maritime enterprise, but it was the American farmer who stood at the center of the colonial economy. In the first century and half the history of the British colonies in America, women occupied a distinctively submerge position in society. A Woman could not hold property expect in very special circumstances; nor were they expected or even permitted to have any opinions upon the great affairs of the world. Education for women as considered a waste of time and money. They were expected to bear children, keep house, and go to church on sunday. With the approach of the revolution to change the status of women, as America looked to the more advance movements in France and England. By the eighteenth century even language took on a different from the British from. American spoke words that had long dropped out of the British vernacular.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that america was unique in its political structure, and that the rigid class structure of europe has degenerated into a cliche observed but not practice.
  • Explains that even with slavery and indian exploitation there was a wealthy and powerful elite, based on ability rather than caste. the great awaking promoted higher eduction in the colonies and also joined to promote separation of church and state.
  • Explains that public benevolence played a role in the founding of the southern colonies, while religion did not pound with the same beat as in new england.
  • Explains how the plantation worked to tighten tobacco's hold on the economy and cemented slavery into the culture.
  • Explains that the negroes were outnumbered by the whites, and fear of insurrection was a constant feature of south carolina.
  • Explains that the colonial population remained a costal based population, with 90% living in rural areas and engaged in agricultural pursuits.
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