Final paper - Global impact of the Industrial Revolution HIS 204 American History Since 1865 Instructor Kimberly Roff Submitted by Darcellius

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Global impact of the Industrial Revolution. HIS 204 American History Since 1865 Instructor: Kimberly Roff Submitted by: Darcellius Glover 5/30/2011
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Thesis Statement: The advent of Industrial revolution in the United States led to the emergence of cities with an increase in immigrant population and led to a change in social stratification in the country. Introduction Industrial revolution is the term associated with the era in which fundamental changes occurred in the field of agriculture, transportation, textiles and manufacture. During this period, beginning in the late 18 th century, significant changes were to be seen in the economic policies as well as the social structure within the nations. Significant advances in the agricultural practices, brought about an increase in the food production, and this combined with the new and improved technology, brought about an increase in commerce as well as rise in profits. Introduction of modern tenurial system in the agricultural system also led to the cultivation of land on a large scale and also consolidated the units of production, thus proving to be beneficial for the farmers in the long run. Over time, this improved and technologically more advanced agricultural practice in turn even led to the migration of people to the cities, and these practices eliminated redundant labor force present, thus people migrated to cities in search for better opportunities. Although, the industrial boom and the technological advancements played an important part in the economic growth of our nation, but all this came to us at a cost as well. The workers working
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in those industries were over- exploited with long hours and minimal wages, the general condition of most of the industries was poor and kept deteriorating especially with regards to the cotton and textile industries. The condition of women during this time period wasn’t very encouraging as well and gender discrimination was widely prevalent in the society during that time and men always held an upper hand when it came to wage distribution or acquisition of higher class positions. Agricultural changes Agriculture acquired a prominent part in the lives of the people during the industrial revolution. Not only was it a means of feeding the population, but it also was an integral part of the industries during the 18 th century, providing raw material for the cotton and textiles industries of the era. The improved yield of the agricultural sector was primarily because of the new and improved methods and techniques that were developed during the period. For instance and earlier agricultural practice was to leave the land fallow after it had exhausted its fertility due to excessive farming. But it was discovered that growing of legumes during this period greatly
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course HIST 204 taught by Professor Roff during the Spring '11 term at Ashford University.

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Final paper - Global impact of the Industrial Revolution HIS 204 American History Since 1865 Instructor Kimberly Roff Submitted by Darcellius

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