Industrial revolution

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industrial revolution

In the last part of the 18th century, a new revolution gripped the world that we were not
ready for (Perry, 510). This revolution was not a political one, but it would lead to many
implications later in its existence (Perry, 510). Neither was this a social or Cultural
Revolution, but an economic one (Perry, 510). The Industrial revolution, as historians
call it, began the modern world. It began the world we live in today and our way of life
in that world. It is called a revolution because the changes it made were so great. They
were also sudden, although the preparation for these changes took many years. It is called
industrial because it had to do with manufacture. "Manufacture" means the making of every
kind of useful article, from cotton cloth to brass pins. The Industrial Revolution changed
how the world produced its goods and altered our societies from a mainly agricultural
society to one in which industry and manufacturing was in control. The Industrial
revolution began in England in the middle of the 18th century (Perry, 511). It was in full
swing at the time of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 and England at the
time was the most powerful empire on the planet (Perry, 511). So, it was inevitable that
the country with the most wealth would be a leader in this revolution. This revolution
transformed the entire life of the people and it the habits of workers-the men and women
who produced the goods. It brought down prices, so that people were able to buy things
they could not buy before. It made some men rich, but it reduced the earning power of
others. It gave work to many that had been unemployed. At the same time it took jobs away
from many skilled workers. Because British entrepreneurs were unable to meet the increased
demand for goods by traditional methods of production, the domestic handicraft system of
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