Industurial Revolution Essay

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The Industrial Revolution had a major impact (both positive and negative) on the economic, political, social and cultural life in America, changing it from an agrarian (agricultural) and cottage (small specialized) society which was Thomas Jefferson’s vision to a modern advanced and technological society which are Alexander Hamilton’s vision. The concept according to Alexander Hamilton is one of the greatest visions that he had. Alexander Hamilton was born as a British subject on the island of Nevis in the West Indies on the 11th of January 1755. In the young United States, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton called for an Industrial Revolution in his Report on Manufactures (1791).
     Many Americans felt that the United States had to become economically strong in order to maintain its recently won independence from Great Britain. In cities up and down the Atlantic Coast, leading citizens organized associations devoted to the encouragement of manufactures. The Industrial Revolution unfolded in the United States even more vigorously than it had in Great Britain. The young nation began as a weak, loose association of former colonies with a traditional economy. More than three-quarters of the labor force worked in agriculture in 1790. Americans soon enjoyed striking success in mechanization.By the end of the century, the United States was the world leader in manufacturing, unfolding what became known as the Second Industrial Revolution. The American economy had emerged as the largest and most productive on the globe.          
     Alexander Hamilton was a man of vision as well as economic genius. The amazing staying power of Alexander Hamilton's economic policies and the success that they have produced is clearly evident in today's modern economy. One of the most profound things about the visionary economic policies of Hamilton is that they not only solved the immediate problems facing the United States, but they also accounted for many of the challenges that the United States would be forced to contend within the distant future. Hopefully it has been made clear that Alexander Hamilton was a genius and a visionary. Nearly every one of his policies that he suggested to Congress while he was the Secretary of State. He was an advocate for the national bank, the creation of a system of canals and roads; He was in favor of Manufactures and believed in a strong, balanced economy. He was a loose constructionist, which was a position with increasing popularity amongst politicians. All of his positions on the issues at the time were, however being stolen by the other side, which essentially proves him right.
     The most important of the changes that the Industrial Revolution brought was 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 muscles,...

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