The Industrial Revolution


In the last part of the 18th century, a new revolution gripped the world that we were not ready for. This revolution was not a political one, but it would lead to many implications later in its existence. Neither was this a social or cultural revolution. This revolution was an economic one. , as historians call it, began the modern world. It began the world we live in today and our way of life in that world. It is called a revolution because the changes it made were so great. They were also sudden, although the preparation for these changes took many years. It is called industrial because it had to do with manufacture. “Manufacture” means the making of every kind of useful ...

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was the most powerful empire on the planet. So, it was inevitable that the country with the most wealth would be a leader in this revolution. This revolution changed the entire life of the people. It completely changed the habits of workers-the men and women who produced the goods. It brought down prices, so that people were able to buy things they could not buy before (Derry 36). It made some men rich, but it reduced the earning power of others. It gave work to many that had been unemployed. At the same time it took jobs away from many skilled workers.
Because British entrepreneurs were unable to meet the increased demand for goods by traditional methods of production, the domestic handicraft system of manufacturing gave way beginning in the late 18th century to factory-based mechanization (Williams 24). The cotton industry was the first to be fully mechanized. The crucial inventions were John Jay’s flying shuttle (invented in 1733 but not widely used until the 1760’s), ...

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