The American Industrial revolution meant a new age in prosperity for the nation, a prosperity that shone like a beacon of hope across the seas, and into the struggling people of Europe and Asia, people who would travel any distance for a chance at a new life. As the country began to reconstruct itself after the Civil War, new corporations and big business began to take prominence over the economy in the North. It began roughly with the construction of the intercontinental railroad, with its creation forming a new basis for ideal transportation steel factories along with large scale mining operation quickly grew as demanded for more railroads trains also began to rise. As more of the country began to be settled and used for its resources petroleum …show more content…
One of the largest problems with the growth of corporate power across the United States was that monopolies were beginning to be formed around entire industries, allowing for one parent company to control the price that consumers would have to play for all products that they controlled, resulting in the American people having to pay preposterous prices for products such as gas. Safety standards and regulations were practically nonexistent during this time, with companies allowing for things such as child labor, along with frequent deaths of employees who had to work closely with dangerous and faulty machinery. Costs were cut on basic safety processions such as fire escapes, resulting in deaths of thousands of workers in different factory fires across the country, one of the most famous of which was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, resulting in the deaths of 146 female employees who had been locked in the building during work hours to increase productivity. Accidents such as this is what triggered the creations of labor groups and unions including the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor to protest injustices such as the safety violations of workers, the poor treatment of workers, and …show more content…
in one of the largest mass migrations of Humans in the modern area. People began flocking to the United States for the promise of wealth, freedom, and a chance at a new life. The poor and disenfranchised from countries like Ireland, Russia, Poland, and China were among the greatest numbers of people to move into the U.S looking for job and a new life. These new workers were the ideal employees for large businesses that wanted to get away with cutting corner, as most immigrants were happy to take any kind of job, and in any kind of conditions that they could get so that they would be able to support the families that ether came with them, were on their way, or were waiting for them back home. This lead to not only immigrants being forced to work in the most dangerous and least paying jobs available, but there was also great animosity towards many groups who were deemed as trying to steal jobs away from true Americans. This kind of persecution was most apparent for the immigrants coming over from Asia, as they were the most different from most American ethnically speaking. Animosity towards the growing Asian population was so great that some white Americans began to grow violent, so much so that in 1885 Chines workers were attacked and killed in Rock Springs Wyoming, in an event that would later be known as The Rock Springs massacre. It was treat meant like this that eventually lead to Chines Exclusion
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The Industrial Revolution began in England in the 1700’s within the textile industry. The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes by using different machines. Before the Industrial Revolution people made different things by hand or simple tools. For example, people wove textiles by hand, and after the Industrial Revolution machines were used instead. The Industrial Revolution began in England because of many reasons.
On March 25, 1911, a fire started at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that claimed the lives of one hundred and forty-six workers. As a result of the fire, trials and debates occurred that contended the factory owners right to control their business against their duty to implement safe working conditions for their employees. Despite the trial resulting in no charges for the business owners the triangle fire is responsible for stricter safety codes and brought attention on the labor movement. In order to fully understand the changes that resulted because of the shirtwaist fire, you must first know what life was life prior to the fire.
One of the biggest workplace disasters in the American industrial history was The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in Manhattan, New York. On March 25 of 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory, which manufactured women blouses, erupted in flames, killing 146 people and injuring nearly 71. Most of the people killed and injured by the fire were women and children. This incident caused an outrage among labor workers against hazardous working environments in factories not just in New York but also in many industrial centers all over the states.
The industrial revolution was an impactful era for humanity’s advancement, all over the world. People becamse eager to find faster and easier ways of doing everyday tasks, and began inventing in the 1760’s. England was the first to begin the textile revolution, which was the mass production of cloth in mills and factories. The role of women in the textile industry was significant because of their agility and smaller hands. Soon after England’s revolution, Japan followed along, about a century later in the late 1800’s; through their emperor:
During the Industrial Revolution, Europeans were mass producing products in factories. When they began to run out of resources, they looked to Africa. They had the means to travel there because of new ships built in the Industrial Revolution. Seven countries split it among themselves (Document A-2) and built empires and enslaved the natives. The main ways the Industrial Revolution affected imperialism were cultural and social beliefs, followed by military and technology, and to a lesser extent politics.
Business grew rapidly, much of it by the steel industry. With larger quantities of iron ore being transported to factories, more steel could be made. More steel allowed for the laying of more railroad tracks. With more tracks in place, factories could ship their products to more customers. One built on the next, and the Industrial Revolution grew and expanded.
As the Industrial Revolution came about in the early 1800’s and it had a big impact on not only how people lived, but how long people lived. From the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, the life expectancy of a professional was only to the age of 38, it was 20 years old for a person of the middle class or an average person, and for a laborer in the factories the life expectancy was about 17 years old. (Doc. 8) The reason for terrible numbers is all of the pollution in the air and water throughout the city. From The Graphic magazine, the picture shows the view from the Blackfriars bridge over the River Irwell.
As the immigrants poured in and took jobs wherever they could find, finding a job became much harder. American citizens became infuriated that the immigrants were taking their jobs. This issue also stems back to racism as the main reason they were upset was that a minority was taking jobs. The American citizens feared that they would in essence be replaced by the immigrants. It almost became an every man for himself situation.
The Industrial Revolution was a turning point for Western Europe. This revolution forever altered Western Europe and in turn Europe’s colonial subjects as well. The Revolution is responsible for the biggest successes and failures of Western Europe, as well as changing the technology, economics, politics, and society from what it was. The industrial revolution changed western Europe’s civilization in the terms of technology.
Throughout the 1400s to the early 1900s, an industrial revolution began, bringing with it economic and social change. Africa was a place where slaves were collected, first by the Muslims and later on the Americas and West Europe. They were collected in Africa because most of the native people found in the New World, found by Christopher Columbus, died of diseases brought by the Spanish and other foreigners. Also, slaves were needed to do the work that the plantation owners didn't want to do, such as collect cotton. Most places such as the Americas began an industrial revolution.
As a result, from 1860 to 1900 alone, the number of urban areas in the United States expanded fivefold (Source 2). The immigrants who desperately needed employment and the greed of factory owners made the rise of sweat shops astonishing. Around the country low-paid immigrants, including women and children, worked for excessively long
The Second Industrial Revolution in America, though beneficial to the growth of our nation, was built by the blood and sweat of overworked coal miners between the late 1890s and the turn of the century. Coal became an essential part of life for the average family, for it fueled the industry which people worked (i.e. factories and mills), and gave warmth and a cooking stove to their homes. One would think that those working in the dangerous mines—for such a public necessity—would be compensated fairly for their work, unfortunately the opposite was occurring. Large, privately owned, coal operators, such as those in Kanawha County, West Virginia, allowed greed to override their common decency, as they took advantage of the uneducated, and desperate workers. After many attempts of an amicable resolution to unwavering private operators, a tipping point shifted the balance for the coal miners, and a strike was inevitable.
But alas, most workers were in dangerous jobs, and a lot were hurt or killed. Working conditions were so bad, that labor organizations were formed, and strikes and protests began to have the government to step in and help the average american. Paragraph 2: With urbanization, corporations and companies looked for ways to cut corners, or increase their profit margin. This lead to some safety issues.
The Industrial Revolution has changed America in many ways, some good and some bad. The most important changes that brought about the Industrial Revolution were the invention of machines to do the work of hand tools, the use of steam, and later of other kinds of power, in place of the muscle of human beings and animals, and the adoption of the factory system. In my opinion the Industrial Revolution has done more good for America than it has done harm. In the beginning of the Industrial Revolution there weren’t many laws that governed the industries.
Introduction The First Industrial Revolution The First Industrial Revolution, which peaked during the late 18th century, started a new phase in human history, despite the terrible working conditions and unfair treatments in the factory. The First Industrial Revolution, which started the technological development in Europe during 1760 to 1830, was largely limited to Britain.