Industrial Times, Time Flies!

Transportation, Manufacturing, Working Conditions

Improvements on Transportation

The growth of the Industrial Revolution depended on the ability to transport materials and finished goods over long distances. There were three main types of transportation that increased during the Industrial Revolution: waterways, roads, and railroads. Transportation was important because people were starting to live in the West. During this time period, transportation via water was the cheapest way to move heavy products . As a result, canals were widened and deepened to allow more boats to pass. The roads also improved immensely during this time period. People traveled using animals or by foot, but there were many problems with the conditions of the roads.


In the 1800's people have changed the manufacturing process dramatically. Instead of items being produced by hand, the owners of the facilities created ways to have machines produce the items. Many machines helped them make textiles. Although they would still have to work in the factories. An example is The Lowel System there was many women working in the factoies. Farm girls and young women who came to work at the textile factory were housed in supervised dormitories or boardinghouses and were provided with educational and cultural opportunities.

Working Conditions

The working conditions were terrible during the Industrial Revolution. As factories were being built, businesses were in need of workers. With a long line of people willing to work, employers could set wages as low as they wanted because people were willing to do work as long as they got paid. There is advantages and disadvanges, one advantage is they provided shelter, food and money etc. Although a disadvantage is that they paid them very less.