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Industrial Revolution

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1.   The Industrial Revolution occurred in the last part of the 18th century. 
It began in Great Britain.

2.   This revolution was an economic one, and it changed the way the world
produced goods.

3.  The population went from being agricultural to industrial.  This meant 
people moved off of the farms and out of the country.  There were huge 
numbers of people that moved into cities.  Many people were forced to move 
to the cities to look for work.  They ended up living in cities that could
not support them. 

4.   During this time,  there were also many new advancements in technology. 
The assembly line was one of the biggest inventions.  Henry Ford is credited
with this invention.

5.   Some of the biggest advancements were in steam power.  New fuels such as
coal and petroleum, were used in these new steam engines. This revolutionized
many industries including textiles and manufacturing.

6.  Another invention was called the telegraph. This made communicating across the
ocean easier and much faster.  Messages could be sent and received in minutes
and delivered the same day.  Writing a letter and sending it overseas could take weeks.

7.   The Industrial Revolution was not a good revolution for the earth.  Industry was
releasing huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and waste into the
waterways and soil.  Pollution by nuclear waste, pesticides and other chemicals are
also the result of the Industrial Revolution.

8.   Many natural resources were being used up at an alarming rate.

9.   Advances in farming resulted in an increased supply of food and raw materials. 
The changes in industry and new technology resulted in increased production of 
thousands of goods.  Companies were more efficienct and earned bigger profits.

10.  The year 1760,  is generally accepted as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
In reality, the revolution began more than two centuries before this date. The late 18th century
and the early l9th century brought out the ideas and discoveries of those who had lived a long
time before like Galileo, Bacon, Descartes and others.



Fast Facts Resources
History of the World
The Industrial Revolution