- Industrial Revolution- 1760-1850
What is was- The Industrial Revolution was a period from the 18th to the 19th century where major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transport, and technology had an extreme effect on the socioeconomic and cultural conditions starting in Great Britain, and spreading throughout Europe, North America, and eventually the world. Because of the advances in agriculture, food supply began to grow, and because of the industrial organization and new technology, it resulted in increased production, and so the pattern continued. As production increased, clothing dropped in price and the working class was able to afford them. More jobs were available so people begin to bring home more family income. During this time everyone was so focused on more, and bigger means better, that the working conditions to all of the employees began to worsen. Soon they weren’t looked at as workers, they were seen as “hands.” Not before long children were beginning to work in these harsh conditions too and not attending school.
Why it’s Important- The Industrial Revolution not only showed us that hard work can result in more necessities, but it taught us that some companies could care less what goes on to produce what they want done. We still see this today, like when we learn what is really inside of some processed foods. The Industrial Revolution was a time to be remembered because of how we advanced in many ways. Transportation became easier, more energy sources we being found, technology began to advance, food became more sparing, and the prices of some things dropped so that the working class could by their necessities as well.