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Industrialization: The Other Side of the Story
An analysis of the negative impacts of industrialization on American society.
# 66960 | 7,350 words | 18 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 22, 2006 in History (U.S. 1900-1930)

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This paper asks whether the progress of the industrial revolution came at a cost. The paper begins with an overview of the positive benefits of industrialization on American society. Then the paper turns to the negative fall-out. The author discusses: (1) the false notion that leisure time would increase as a result of industrialization; (2) the growing disparity between rich and poor; (3) the loss of personal fulfillment that workers had in their profession; (4) the urbanization of America; (5) an increase in materialism; and (6) the danger posed to workers by a lack of safety precautions in factories.

Table of Contents
The Fallacy of Leisure Time
Wealth and Poverty
The Loss of Pride
Urban Conditions
Industrialization and Education
Safety Hazards

From the Paper:

"Thomas Jefferson foresaw some of the problems that could occur with an industrial society. In the early history of the United States and before industrialization had really begun, he believed that the new nation should avoid the path of industrialization because of what he said were its inherent evils. Jefferson thought that that manufacturing had a corrupting influence on society, that it created urban centers full of vice and awful living conditions. The urban class of factory worker that it would create he described as "debased by ignorance, indigence, and oppresion" (Dudley 25). Jefferson concluded that the "only way for the American society to survive in its republican form was to populate it with self-sufficient farmers who owned their own property and thus were subservient to no one" (Dudley 25). While there is no way Jefferson could have foresaw the exact impact the industrial revolution would have, positive and negative, many of his predictions would come eerily close to being fulfilled. Almost one hundred years later, W. D. Dabney, a nineteenth-century economist, argued much the same thing with one important exception, the industrial revolution was well underway. Dabney, in hindsight, stated that "before industrialization, most people lived on farms or in small communities and were largely self-sufficient in providing for their basic needs and wants through their own labor and capital - a situation which he asserts was conducive to stability, economic equality, and social contentment" (Dudley 178) One thing is certain, industrialization brought massive change. A new civilization was created, one based on the machine."

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