Industrial Revolution In 1750

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The origin of Industrial Revolution in 1750 in England really paved the way for the evolution of today’s many technologies. Prior to the revolution, many goods were handmade and businesses were family based. However, in the mid-late 1700s, power converted into steam power and handmade goods turned into machine-made goods, making it easier to create higher-end goods at a faster pace at great demand. In today’s society, a cotton shirt may not be considered as a technological advancement in comparison to a handheld electronic device but back in the mid-1700s to early 1800s, cotton has played an important role in shaping the Industrial Revolution. The evolution of manufacturing technology and the attitude of mercantilism heavily influenced the…show more content…
When the new inventions were introduced, the demand for more precise, higher-end products increased and the profit made played a huge factor. One of the first inventions that paved way for faster production was the creation of the sump pump. The sump pump replaced the use of animals and humans to push out the energy needed to power machines. In the 1730s, John K. created the flying shuttle loom which allowed weavers to produce cloth at which only minimal thread was needed to produce a lot of textiles. In the 1760s, the Spinning Jenny was created and this helped create multiple threads (approximately 4-24 threads) at once which help increase the amount of thread available to speed up the process of creating cloth. It was not until the 1760s when steam power was introduced and that served as one of the turning points for the Industrial Revolution. The introduction of the steam engine limited the need for human power (using hands to utilize machines) and sped up the process of creating cloth. Steam engines had the ability to link multiple looms at once and that produced mass production. Although the cloth and textile industry flourished, it was not until 1793 in Americas where the Cotton Gin was created. This machine was able to peel away the seeds from cotton and because of that, the cotton industry was slowly, but surely able to have many merchants taking notice. Because of its abundance, the price for…show more content…
However, the new attitude of mercantilism created a more powerful, factory-owning class. In 1832, the majority of Parliament’s seats belonged to the factory-owning class and that alone, changed the course of the labor laws. The factory class wanted to get rid of labor shortages and to discourage the need to distribute relief to the poor. To do this, those who wanted relief need to work in the “poor house”. In this house, workers were separated by sexes and they had to work long hours in inadequate conditions (e.g. awful food, little to no breaks, continuous work with minimal pay). This then forced many of the unemployed to head up Northwest to seek steady work and this created the English working class. The new attitude of mercantilism really changed the society in the 1800s, from providing relief to the poor to only caring about wealth. This new found attitude would also be used to drive the change for
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