Concord Post

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.

The Life of a Textile Mill Worker

Textile Mills

Growing rapidly and getting easier to use, the mill industry is growing in size. Samuel Slater is starting to grow on his idea of a mill industry, hiring whole families and hiring more kids than adults he isn’t paying them well. It is very tough work as a mill worker because sometimes workers get their hands cut, they don’t eat much and if they work 1 week, they only earn 2-4 dollars. The new “Lowell System” is in high pursuit. The lowell system mills are powered by water power based textile mills, the Rhode Island system mills are mostly based on Samuel Slater hiring families and children to do the work. Trade union workers are going on strike because of their very low wages, they should be payed more! It is a tough job. Sarah G. Bagley created the Lowell Female Labor reform association. She was also nominated as Vice President of the New England Working men's Association. President Martin Van Buren created a law that says you must work only 10 hours a day. But unfortunately the union tried hard to end Child Labor, but, it wouldn’t end up on the right side of things.
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The Changes the Transportation Revolution has Brought

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 created a big impact in business and reducing costs to ship goods over rivers and across streams.. But, steamboats can be very risky and dangerous. In the past, steamboats are known to blow up! On land, we now have trains and railroads. We can use trains on land for transportation as well. We used to use wood but now we use coal because it works better for a cheaper amount and less quantity. But their are also a bad thing about these trains, they have been known to derail! English citizen Charles Richard Weld was on a railroad car that flew off the tracks! To Welds amazement, the passengers were praising the engineer for trying to stay on time! This is crazy!
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New Inventions

A new invention called the telegraph is sparking a change. Samuel F. B. Morse was the one who developed the telegraph, some people just believed that he was making lucky guesses, but he proved them wrong. During a Democratic National convention in Baltimore, a telegram was sent to Washington to prove that it worked. Water power is being turned into steam power, this means that factories don’t have to be right next to a river to operate, this led to reduced shipping costs and new machines and tools, this lead to a whole new industry. Farm equipment is taking a big step in time, John Deere has just invented the first plow, and Cyrus McCormick developed the mechanical reaper. This is going to make farming a lot easier and more efficiently. There are many new inventions in houses, Isaac Singer invented the sewing machine, he also used McCormick's same method of advertisement. Iceboxes and iron stoves improved food preparation. Mass production made items cheaper to buy and sell.
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Samuel F.B. Morse

Samuel F.B. Morse invented the telegraph. When it was just invented, people thought it was lucky guesses, but was later proven to the White House. He is from Boston, MA as well.