Although working and living conditions at the time were dismal at best, the Industrial Revolution was ultimately a profound blessing for the greater good of society and cultivated innovative ideas. The Industrial Revolution was beneficial to society not only because it set the precedent for future generations in the work force, but also for facilitating major advancements in technology. The strides in the advancement in technology are one of the main reasons the Industrial Revolution became such a success. Many machines were invented over a short period of time. Some of these machines include the Flying Shuttle by James Kay, the Spinning Jenny by James Hardingway, and the water frame by Richard Arkwright.
Even though there were rough and risky activities that many innocent people went through or had to do, the industrial revolution was the greatest to ever happen to America. America would not be the America is today if it did not had went through all of those level ups and few hardships. Americans gained confidence and experience from all the things that they did and experienced. The industrialization boosted the U.S. economy and introduced them to many new inventions and showed them that they were capable of creation a great nation after all. Industrial Revolution changed lives and made everything easier and ideal.
A brilliant innovator named James Watt created one of the most important technologies called the steam engine. The introduction of steam engines was very essential for the workers since productivity of labor became a lot quicker and it allowed innovators to create more inventions easily through steam. Steam engines were given many uses to different varieties of industries. People were able to transport things easily by the use of steam locomotives. “It prepared the way for the development of more sophisticated heat engines and for the large-scale generation of electricity, which together effectively displaced it from its supremacy in the 20th century”.
Slater was an early English-American industrialist who is known as the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution” (Ferreira). Slater initiated the revolution by opening the first industrial mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island ("22a.Economic Growth and the Early Industrial Revolution”). He implemented the production ideas at his mill that he first saw being used in Great Britain. The introduction of the mill to America made the process of spinning thread into yarn much faster and much more efficient than spinning it by hand with a loom because it allowed workers to produce more in a short amount of time (Ferreira). The revolutionary ideas of replacing hand-made products with factory and machine made products came from Great Britain, and also places like Germany, that had already gone through this step forward in history ("America's History
The industrial revolution had a huge impact on today's world. Moreover, this revolution helped to increase average wages in many cities in the period from the 18th and 19th centuries. The invention of the telegraph provided people with a new way of communicating around the world. People migrated to the industrial cities on the steam trains and they got beneficial job opportunities due to the establishment of new massive factories. There is no secret that the industrial revolution was truly revolutionary not only for the economic progress of the country and lifestyle and even worldview of people has changed forever as the society became more industrially advanced.
Without both industrial revolutions the United States would have not been able to industrialize or modernize. Even though the Industrial Revolution began in Britain, the United States was able to become the more powerful country after both Industrial Revolutions. Before the Civil War, industrialization was slowly occurring with the invention of the steam engine and later the steam boat. It helped oversea shipping faster, making Britain successful. After the Civil War, the United States particularly New York, built many factories that increased the population and the number of workers.
The industrial revolution impacted daily life, politics, and gender relations. During the industrial revolution, humanity had turned to machines for production instead of people because they where able to produce things more quickly and efficiently. The three main concentration areas in the industrial revolution were transportation, industry, and market. During the nineteenth century, the United States were the industrializing nation because of the outcome of the War of 1812. Therefore, America needed to improve its infrastructure.
Huge industries such as the textile, steel, and coal industry came out and had a profound effect on the industrial revolution but, they would not have been extremely successful if it was not for railroads. The railroads played a vital role in the development and success of other industries. The railroads triggered the biggest leap in transportation in history. Through technological and entrepreneurial innovations and the creation of steam-powered locomotives, the development of trains as public carriers of passengers and freight, brought forth the railroad. The railroad industry changed the nature of production because it became an important energy source that replaced human and animal power.
This is an example of how the industrial revolution which brought about the use of machines had benefited people’s life in the past and even today. Instant messaging and electronic mail used by many is an example of how machines have improved our communication today. Machines had also helped in the medical field. Medicine before the 1750's and in the 1750's wasn't well developed. It was impossible to save a patient once there is infection.
A large reason why this time of reform could occur is because during this time America had politically progressive thinkers. Theodore Roosevelt dedicated much of his presidency to increase and improve America as a democratic nation with a good amount of justice and liberty. The Progressive movement sought to end the influence of large corporations, provide more rights and benefits to workers, and end the control possessed by party leaders. This era was a period in American history in which improving working conditions, exposing corruption, improving the way of life, expanding democracy, and making reforms were the objectives at hand.