Industrial Changes: Helpful Or Harmful Analysis

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In the early 1800’s, the Industrial Revolution began in America. New laws began to be enforced. Also, New machines, products, and jobs were created in this time, which changed the way people lived. These changes made life easier and overall better than before. The period of rapid industrial growth during the 1800s and into the early 1900s was more helpful than harmful because new transportation, safer and more jobs and more inventions were created. The industrial growth that occurred in the early 1800’s to the early 1900’s was helpful because more railroads were made which made trade happen faster. In the article Industrial Changes: Helpful or Harmful?, it shows a graph that gives information about the amount of railroads built across America…show more content…
In the article Industrial Changes: Helpful or Harmful? There is a graph showing how many factory workers there were in this industrial period. The graph shows that in 1860, there were 1.3 million workers working in the factories. But by 1900, there were approximately 5.11 million workers in factories. This graph shows that so many people are getting the opportunity to live better lives. More and more people started getting jobs and making money so they can afford more things. After these new jobs, much more people could afford food and fresh water instead of nothing. Jobs at this time could be very dangerous along with the factories themselves, so that’s why reforms were made in order to make working conditions better and safer. Theodore Roosevelt said, “ The development of industrialism means that there must be an increase in the supervision exercised by the Government over business enterprise.” when industrialism grows, so do more laws. Laws were enforced and inspections were necessary. They enforced laws about factories and how factories have to have a certain amount of fire exits, certain size fire exits, etc. These were enforced because they didn’t want to endanger the lives of the factories workers. By making these laws, there will never be anymore factory tragedies. At this time, there were many monopolies such as Rockefeller in the Oil industry and Carnagie in the steel…show more content…
There were inventions in this time period that totally changed trade, travel time, communication and efficiency in the factories. Take the steam engine for example; in the article it says, “ The steam engine also revolutionized transportation, leading to ships propelled by steam power, which allowed for more reliable travel on the ocean… The steam engine was also the power source for trains… The result of this invention was an economy that boomed.” The invention of the steam engine total changed everything. Stronger boats and more railroads were made with them. People could travel cross-country much more efficiently. Also, with the new, strong ships, you could assure a safe cruze across the big waves of the 7 seas. The steam engine was just one of the many helpful inventions in this time period. There were many more inventions such as the telegraph. In the article, The Second Industrial Revolution, it said, “ The telegraph transmitted electrical signals that could be decoded into messages.” The telegraph total changed the world. Businesses could notify the other branches of their company in seconds. It might take awhile decode, but it’s still much more efficient. Trade could happen even faster, because they didn’t have to meet in person, they could communicate over the telegraph. Also, the telegraph influence a similar inventions known as the telephone. This was even more efficient because you didn’t have to decode a
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