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The American industrial revolution took a dynamic course in history, transforming society with both negative and positive results. For example, some of these positive effects were the creation of new jobs, boosting the economy, and manufacturing of new products. However, there were also the not so nice outcomes, such as low wages, depletion of natural resources, and unsanitary living conditions. Together, both the positive and the negative worked in tandem to transform American society. Over the sequence of the industrial revolution, America was swept with vehement new inventions and ideas. In 1793, inventor Eli Whitney successfully created a cotton gin that separated seeds from fibers, accelerating the production of raw cotton. This invention resulted in cotton becoming America’s number one leading export by the mid 19th century. ("Cotton Gin and Eli Whitney") Around the climax of the revolution, Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization of rubber. By doing so, Goodyear successfully brought “rubber fever” back to America. ("The Charles Goodyear Story") In the year of 1913, the industrial revolution made a final mark in the united states with Ford’s mass production of the Model T Car. This was the last innovation of the american industrial revolution, after which began the takeover of white collar careers. (Morris) This societal metamorphosis did not go unnoticed. In the words of author William Rosen, “[the Industrial Revolution was] a radical transformation in the process of inventing itself.” (Rosen) This new way of manufacturing goods received nationwide attention, even from the Federal Government. On November 16th, 1793, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter of thanks to Eli Whitney, stating, “As the state of Virginia, of which I... ... middle of paper ... ..., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. Morris, Neil. Th e Industrial Revolution. Chicago, IL: Heinneman LIbrary, 2010. Print. Rosen, William. The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention. New York: Random House, 2010. Print. “Industrial Revolution.”, A&E television networks. n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "The Industrial Revolution and its Impact on our Environment." Eco Issues. N.p., 27 Aug 2012. Web. 10 Apr 2014. "Cotton Gin and Eli Whitney." History Channel. History Channel, n.d. Web. 9 Apr 2014. "The Charles Goodyear Story." Goodyear Corporate. Goodyear, n.d. Web. 9 Apr 2014. Primary Sources: Hine, Lewis. Child Labor in the Canning Industry of Maryland. Freedman, Russell, and Lewis Wickes Hine. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor. New York: Clarion, 1994. Print. (both primary and secondary)

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