The Industrial Revolution changed America’s exceedingly in more positive than negative ways. The American industrial revolution has its roots in the Industrial Revolution which began in England. The demand for cotton was huge during this time. Many new industries that helped America’s business were developed, but some treated their workers poorly. Also, many new forms of transportation and communication were developed and improved. Agriculture became industrialized by teaming up with some industries to produce the needs of Americans and many immigrants. This event helped the U.S.’s population and economy to grow, even though it had some malicious things that went on it was still more positive than negative.
The British were the first to have an Industrial Revolution (US History). The first industrial revolution started in Great Britain during the 18th century. Then the revolution started to center on the United States and Germany. The industrial revolution truly changed societies and countries’ economies in many positive ways. The United States realized they needed to improve and level up their mechanisms after the Battle of 1812. This battle started when the British opened fire because they were prohibited from searching American ships. To the Americans, it was obvious that they needed a better transportation system and more economic independence. The British helped Americans realize what they were missing regarding industrialization (about.com).
Samuel Slater was the incredible, British man who introduced Americans to industrialization. He is the man who improved the textile industry in America (US History). Slater opened the first mill in the United States in 1790; the design of the mill was originally from a British model (US History). His creation somewhat improved the speed in which cotton was threaded. Even though he helped a lot in the textile industry, other industries still need to be improved and redesigned (US History).
The new inventions increased the need of more supplies. In the late 1700’s cotton demand increased tremendously, mostly in the southern. In 1794, Eli Whitney invented a machine called the cotton gin, which separated cotton seeds from the fiber in a much faster speed (NCBI). The South soon started to produce huge amounts of cotton and later sent it to the North so it could be used in the textile mills. Another inventor, Francis Lowell, created an important invention which made the process of manufacturing clothes much easier. His invention brought the spinning and weaving process together in one factory. In the mid 1800’s Elias Howe invented a sewing machine which completely revolutionized the textile industry. Soon Americans were able to buy their clothes at affordable prices and closer to their homes. All these new inventions speed up the clothing businesses through the United States (About.com).
The cotton industry was not the only industry around during the revolution. Meat-packing gained power rapidly....