February 16, 1852
The Industrial Revolution begins
The Industrial revolution is a period of rapid growth in using machines for manufacturing and production that began in the mid-1700s. The first breakthrough is the textile industry, which is what we will talk about today. The textile industry is becoming a big deal because we can now make cloth items, or textiles. Factories are being built across the northeast to produce the textiles. Samuel Slater is a skilled British mechanic who came from England as a disguised farmer. While coming to America, Slater has brought plans and blueprints for new machines. Slater and his wife are very successful with their textile company. Eli Whitney is an inventor, with great ideas. Whitney came up with mass-producing muskets, and interchangeable parts. He introduced the idea to President John Adams and his Secretary of War, and they were both astonished and impressed.
This is a portrait of Eli Whitney.
Samuel Slater once said "Come and have the credit as well as the opportunity."
Eli Whitney was the person who wanted to mass-produce muskets.