Times Of Change (Industrial Revolution Editorial)

Essay by JM517High School, 10th gradeA-, January 2005

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Times Of Change

The Industrial Revolution has flourished in our great country. As a result, we have become the greatest and most wealthy industrial nation in the world. It is a time of drastic changes and transformation from hand tools, and hand made items to machine manufactured and mass-produced goods. The Industrial Revolution is absolutely beneficial to the progress of the world; from the late 1700s, when it began, all the way to present day. Sacrifices have and are being made, however they have allowed technological advancements during these times, which in turn, is creating happiness, life opportunities, and an over-all, definite amelioration of life.

At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, many hardships had to be overcome, causing great grief to most of the population. Faith was lost, patience was

tried, and a blanket of oppression covered the people of Europe. As new inventions began to arise and facilitate the mass-producing of goods that supply the people of Europe, nearly everyone was forced to begin a new career within a factory.

The reverberations of these new inventions caused a dramatic plummet of the life expectancy of an average citizen to an alarming 15 years of age. Women and children are expected to work up to 16 hours a day and doing labor that could cause serious injury, like carrying extremely heavy loads. For their work, they are being paid ridiculous wages, women around 5 shillings per week, and children about 1. One can easily recognize the negative aspects of such a dramatic event. However, if one views the

revolution as a whole, he will notice that the positive aspects completely out-weigh the negative aspects.

The revolution began as inventors introduced their creations to improve the way people were producing goods. Machines such as the cotton gin, water frame, power...