Feburary, 18, 1853
An interview with Samuel Slater
“Why did you leave Great Britain?” His answer was,
“Because, in Britain to protect the British industry, the British parliament had made it illegal for skilled mechanics or machine plans to leave the country." Another question that he was asked was,
“Why did Moses Brown have one of his workers test your knowledge?” This was his answer: “I claimed that I could improve the way textiles were manufactured in the United States”. The last questions he was asked was,
“How many textile mills do you have?” His answer was,
“I had about 13 textile mills."
Samuel Slater is a very honorable man, due to his amazing accomplishments in his career.
New ways to travel
The transportation revolution is a period of rapid growth in the speed and convenience of travel because of new methods of transportation. The transportation revolution has created a boom in business by reducing shipping time and cost. These improvements were made possible by two new forms of transportation; the steamboat and the steam powered trains. Steamboats and railroads affect the trade and change of our daily lives by enabling food, people, and information to travel quickly and efficiently across the United States.
Most British railroads run on straight flat land, but in the United States, many railroads have to go up and down many steep mountains.
The Ben Campbell, seen on the Hudson River, riding easily up the river.
The Clermont, designed and tested by Robert Fulton.
Railroads in use
New railroad, riding through tough terrain.
New communication device!
Protesters rise against low wages and long hours
Recently, trade unions, groups that try to improve pay and working conditions, have begun to protest for higher pay to the employees. So far, the managers have not listened to the unions, so workers, frustrated by the situation are going on strike, those who refuse to work until employers meet their demands.“This problem is getting out of hand. I don’t know if I can take the loss of so many employees.” Says Overseer John White. Others, like White feel that though, they do not want to raise workers pay, they don’t want the strikes to continue.
The main leader of the union, Sarah G. Bagley, has currently created the Lowell Female Labor Reform Association, and is pressing for 10-hour workdays as oppose to the 12 to 14 hour days that women usually work. Like Bagley, many of the protesters feel that the workdays should be shortened.
New equipment improves farming
Farmer can be seem easily plowing his fields with the new steel plow.
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