Social Changes of the Industrial Revolution Essay

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Despres 1 Colton Despres Friday, April 11th, 2014 CHY4U Mrs. Primrose THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Speaking from a historical context, the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century was easily one of the most progressive and materialistic events in history. And while the Industrial Revolution had substantial negative effects, for the most part these negative effects were justified by the overruling power of the positive aspects that are attributed to what is now known as the Industrial Revolution. All things considered, there were huge advantages to the evolutionary period of mechanization, travel, and economics that is directly the cause of a large percentage of the domestic and foreign materials that we possess today, all of which are more instrumental and positive to society and the world as a whole than detrimental and negative. Also, the outcomes/results of the Industrial Revolution were (in my opinion) positive, progressive, and essential to our modern way of living (Deane 4). Although there are many key elements of the rapid industrialization during the 19th century that aided in producing the outcomes (Urbanization, Social Classes/Living Conditions, Inventions), the most significant features that gave life to industrial and social progression were the introduction of mechanization, and the improvements made to transportation during the era of the Industrial Revolution. Mechanization: The first and one of the most important positive aspects of the Industrial Revolution was the mechanization of most labor methods, which allowed for a higher rate of production for and contributed greatly to the economic expansion and development of Western societies. The first example of mechanical introduction during the early years of the Industrial Revolution was that of the cotton textile industry. Prior to the inventions of Elias Howe (sewing machine) and
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