America During The Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution was an important period in American history. This portion of history was when the U.S switched from an agrarian society to an industrial one, and this brought about many positive and negative effects. While industries such as steel exploded, and cities flourished, the factories of the time were heavy polluters, and mistreated their workers. Factories hired young children and put them to work in dangerous conditions for unreasonable hours. Workers had to boycott and strike just to get fair treatment. So, what really happened in America during the Industrial Revolution? Body Paragraphs (2-3 paragraphs depending on question) (incorporate details/examples from graphic organizer): The Industrial Revolution was an important time for the U.S. The country was…show more content…
At this time, many immigrants were coming to the U.S, mainly from the U.K, Germany, Italy, China, and Ireland. All these immigrants needed work, so they turned to factories. However, factories expected very long hours and little pay. The working conditions were dangerous, and death was commonplace. These immigrant families were paid so little, they had to send their children to work just to make ends meet. The immigrants were willing to work for very little pay, and this scared the American natives. The natives were worried that immigrants would take their jobs; mass discrimination followed. Immigrants, especially the Chinese, being arguably the best worker, were attacked in many ways out of spite and envy. This even escalated into a ban on Chinese immigration from 1882 to 1892. After all this, immigrants came home to slums and tenements where disease and filth ran rampant. These immigrants had to strike just to have a chance at fair treatment, which almost never worked and usually worsened their image further. All of these factories also created disgusting amounts of air, water, and land pollution, causing even more health
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