The Impact of the Industrial Revolution


US History Life Before the Civil War The Impact of the Industrial Revolution
Students learn about the Industrial Revolution in America and how it changed different aspects of the country. Then, they learn about the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the cities. Finally, they write a description about what life was like for an immigrant living and working in one of the cities during the Industrial Revolution.

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In this experience, students learn about the Industrial Revolution in America and how it changed different aspects of the country. Then, they learn about the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the cities. Finally, they write a description about what life was like for an immigrant living and working in one of the cities during the Industrial Revolution.

Objectives:

  • Identify the Industrial Revolution and explain its effects.
  • Explain the impact of the Industrial Revolution on cities.


Between 1820 and 1870 the country changed dramatically—both economically and socially. During this period, known as the Industrial Revolution, America grew into a modern urban-industrial state. This astounding growth was a result of a number of different factors that changed manufacturing, the economy, and the country forever.

Objectives:

  • Identify the Industrial Revolution and explain its effects.
  • Explain the impact of the Industrial Revolution on cities.




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When you think about the word “revolution,” what comes to mind? In a word or short phrase, post your response below.

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Discuss with students some of their responses. Remind students that a revolution can be a revolt against a government—the American Revolution for example. Or, a revolution can be an extreme or complete change to the way that people are living their lives. In this case, the Industrial Revolution describes a rapid change in the way people lived as a result of the introduction of new technology and manufacturing techniques.

Explain that the Industrial Revolution in the United States was a change from production of products by hand in the home or a small shop to the use of machines to manufacture goods in a factory. This change “revolutionized” this country’s economy, methods of manufacturing, employment opportunities, and the country as a whole.


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