Wed 28 Nov 2007
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The Industrial Revolution
Focus: For my collective biography, I have been researching the Industrial Revolution. I have been focusing on the major inovations that surfaced durign the time of the Industrial Revolution, and the main indivduals who brought about these changes and improvements. Transportation improvements, electrical innovations, factory and housing developments, and the improved manufacturing techniques are the main areas in which i desire to focus my biography on. Each of these areas concerned an individual, or individuals, who were able to manifest the changes seen during the Inustrial Revolution. I want to focus much of my book on these individuals, and how they each managed to create and invent these innovations that were responsible for the path that led to the world we are currently living in today. Amongst the indivudals I will focus are James Watt, Benjamin Franklin, Jane Adams, and John Fowler.
Significance: There is a great deal of significant reasons why i desire to produce a book on the major players and innovations that resulted from the Industrial Revolution movement. First of all, the Industrial Revolution was one of the most widespread and influential series of events in our countries history. During the 1800’s, inventions and social practices enabled America, and number of countries worldwide to experience a great deal of change. These changes, whether concerning the advancements of transportation or social layout, transformed society into a entirely new world responsible for the way in which much of our world functions today. By understanding the aspects, areas, and peopel of the I.R., one will subsequenrtly be able to understand modern day society, and how it was formed almost two centuries earlier.
Context: Throughout the late 1700’s and the first half of the nineteenth century, major innovations and social constructions chnaged the way indivuduals lived their lives, made money, and engaged in communal services and activities. The lives of at least five individuals, and the innovations they are either responsible for or helped manufacture or manipulate, will illustrate the time period in which our world was changed forever.
Chapter 1: The first chapter will focus on Benjamin Franklin, and his innovations relating to electricity and its common, present day uses. Franklin discovered certain, previously unknown ways of creating static, electrical currents to produce electricity that was able to be used for a variety of different things. Lighting and the concept of electrical power arose out of Franklins electrical innovations, thus creating a change in the way the workforce was soon able to function.
Chapter 2: The second chapter will focus on James Watt and how his invention of the steam engine changed the way the workforce operated in the 1800’s. The steam engine allowed for the transportation of a large quantity of goods from areas rather far apart from eachother. Much like Franklin, and his invention of accessable electricity, Watt’s invention of the steam engine changed the way America’s workforce operated. Due to the creation of the steam engine, economic possibilties were on the upward.
Chapter 3: The third chapter will concetrate of John Fowler, and his invention of the plough. Through this innovation, agricultural possiblities skyrocketed. As the steam engine was invented by watts, Fowler used this idea to manufacture better working plows. He used the steam engine to make steam plows that were able to cultivate land at a rapid speed, thus creating more economic possibility.
Chapter 4: The fourth chapter will discuss Jane Adams, and the surfacing of residence buildings that provided homes and shelter for those who worked close by, yet were unable to provide themselves with a good home of their own. In these homes, the residence were taught educational vlaues, and schooled on issues pertaining to health care and proper living. In addition, homes like the Hull House, enabled workers to work long hours due to their close proximaty between their home and the workplace.
Chapter 5: Undecided at this point.
Methodology: I will first gather information on the individuals who are responsible for the innovations seen during the I.R. I will try and depict their backround information, inlduding where and when they grew up, and their insirations for developing the new tools seen in the 19th century. I will then dsicuss the innovations, how they were created, and how they helped transform 19th century culture. I aim to find quality information regarding the differences seen as a reslut of the Industrial Revolution, and how these differences helped create the social, economic, and political construction we see in our country today.
Bibliography: Still acumulating sources.