Age of Great Inventions Summary & Analysis Extending the Industrial Revolution Technological revolutions take time; their effects tend to play out gradually. Today, we're still witnessing the waves of innovation and influence generated by a revolution in computing, networking, and information processing that began decades ago. So it was with the Industrial Revolution , which gained steam through the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. The development of the factory system, the textile industry, the railroads, the telegraph, and steam power all spurred the growth of American manufactures and helped to create new markets and technologies. Many of the great innovations of the late nineteenth century built on these earlier breakthroughs. The railroads created a huge market for steel and, at the same time, provided the new steel industry with a ready-made organizational model. The telegraph demonstrated the explosive potential for personal communications technologies that the telephone would later see
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