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Industrial Revolution Essay

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terms of labor; such as harsh working conditions and little pay. Eventually almost every aspect of life would be affected by industrialization. The Second Industrial Revolution was based upon oil, electricity, steel, and chemical engineering. Oil was used to create new materials during this time such as rubber. The production of steel also became a key component of the new age. Steel was used in the production of skyscrapers in cities. It was also favored by railroad constructors for the railways, due to its sturdiness. On the contrary to the farming problems in the west, the agriculture field continued to grow at rapid rates. The Agricultural Revolution went hand in hand with the Industrial Revolution. With new machines aiding the farmer in increasing production, a web between industrial and agricultural change was intertwined. The more wealth a farmer could gain from producing more goods was more money to spend on new farming equipment. New farming equipment was made of iron and steel. It was also powered by gas. All of the components used in the growth of agriculture aided in the growth of the industrial revolution. It became apparent that labor was essential for the continuing growth of these industries in the Industrial Revolution. As a result, the majority of these industries turned to immigrants for the labor; as they would work for less money than Americans. They just like the people out west were promised a new start in life when moving to America, full of fortune and prosperity. The immigrants traveled to American on steam ships. Once in America they typically went to the west coast or the north for work. Working conditions for both foreigners and Americans were despicable. Workers averaged seventy-two hours a w... ... middle of paper ... ...at the New Orleans market in for seven dollars. Not only did the invention of railroads help the country sale goods, but so did the invention of the telegraph. It aided in the better communication for the merchants. It allowed them to check on the price of what the goods were selling for more frequently and quicker. This allowed them to buy from the farmer cheaper and then turn around and make a profit on it. Grain elevators came about in this new era of business. Grain elevators are places in trains where farmers can receive, store, and sell grains through the manufacturing process. Farmers were not allowed to store the grains themselves, other people had too. Therefore the farmers had to pay the grain elevator operators to store the grains for them or had to sell the grains. The operators began to take advantage of the farmers and paid them less than what the

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  • Explains that the second industrial revolution was based upon oil, electricity, steel, and chemical engineering. steel was used in the production of skyscrapers in cities.
  • Explains that the agricultural revolution went hand in hand with the industrial revolution. with new machines aiding farmers in increasing production, a web between industrial and agricultural change was intertwined.
  • Explains that labor was essential for the continued growth of these industries in the industrial revolution. the immigrants traveled to america on steam ships and went to the west coast or the north for work.
  • Opines that the working conditions for foreigners and americans were despicable. the low pay caused most families to send women and children to work in order to survive.
  • Explains that poor working conditions and poor housing conditions led to crammed families and health risks. poor communities couldn't afford trash pickup, so trash was left in the streets.
  • Explains that children were popular to hire for labor during this time. they were small enough to work and fix the parts on machines that adults could not.
  • Explains that children were highly mistreated in the work force, which led to laws concerning the government governing the working conditions of children and others.
  • Explains that the knights of labor, the first stable labor union, was formed in 1866. they were blamed for the haymarket strike and collapsed.
  • Explains that whiskey production was created in order to not waste the grains from an over production. farmers would have to go down the mississippi to new orleans to get the whiskey supply sold nationally.
  • Explains that railroads and the telegraph helped the country sell goods, and aided in better communication for merchants. it allowed them to check on the price of goods more frequently and quicker.
  • Explains that grain elevators are places in trains where farmers can receive, store, and sell grains through the manufacturing process.
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