Industrial Revolution Essay

1000 WordsDec 3, 20124 Pages
"No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit." (Carnegie) One of the major characteristics that define the success of this Golden age was that of the onset of the multitude of inventions that played a major role in the reformation of agriculture and lifestyle.The transformation of the United States into an industrial nation took place largely after the Civil War and on the Britsih model. Although the Industrial Revolution brought many positive inventions, the class divisions were obvious because the workers were paid at horrible wages. The Industrial Revolution, wages, and class divisions were all part of the economic power. The Industrial Revolution started in Great Britain, and…show more content…
There were men who worked in factories who were not payed very much, but did earn more than the women who worked in the factories. " ...women recieved $4 a week for work for which men were paid $16 a week." (Goldfield 60) Weekly men made less than $20. The conditions the workers were in were horrible. It was often unsanitary, and education suffered because of the demands of work. With workers barely making any money, there were many poor families who struggled to make a living. As the Industrial Revolution era progressed, social divisions in America became more apparent. The upper class basically had what they wanted and did not have to worry about not affording anything. The upper-class made their money in new industries, such as steel, mining, or railroads. There were many rich Americans who were selfish with their money, but some wealthy people did support social causes. "...had escaped military service in the Civil war by paying $300 to a substitute."(Zinn) The middle-class consisted of professionals, lawyers, physicians, editors, and editors. "This newer middle-class set national trends in residential patterns, consumptions, and leisure."(Goldfield 76) The middle-class were able to live in all-electric homes, with indoor plumbing, and appliances that made food preparation easier. The middle-class were able to afford to take trolleys, trains, and even had a telephone in there house. The

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