Effects of the Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution, lasting between the 18th and 19th century, profoundly affected the people of Europe, North America, and other regions of the world. The revolution produced new exciting technological innovations. As a result, the socioeconomic climate and cultural aspects of Europe and North America were altered in an unprecedented manner. Industrial opportunities also lured the population away from agrarian lifestyles to more urban populaces. The Industrial Revolution extensively changed daily life of the 18th and 19th century through technological advancements, changes in society, and population changes. One of the greatest effects of the Industrial Revolution was technological advancements. Inventions such as the flying shuttle, spinning jenny, and power loom rewarded pioneering nations with prestige and technological superiority (Rogers). English iron purification techniques revolutionized the production of iron, stimulating its supply. As a result, in the mid-nineteenth century, railroads were developed throughout the world (Rogers). Technology also impacted workers in factories. Men, women, and children were employed to keep new machines running properly (Rogers). Efficiency of material and labor was necessary for successful factories (Rogers). Evidently, this impacted economies and consumerism in general. Negatively, due to labor demand, women and children were often exploited, receiving an arguably unequal pay for their work (Saville). Clearly,
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