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During the 1800s the United States economy grew dramatically due to new inventions remarkably rapid growth and new forms of communication and transportation These benefits brought about changes to the workforce as well These newly discovered inventions created more manufacturing purposes and brought about more jobs in different industries This was a time known as the Industrial Revolution Throughout the industrial revolution inventors like Thomas Alva Edison greatly increased the quality of life for all Americans with inventions of the light bulb phonograph motion picture electric power plant any many more Samuel Morse proved that signals could be transmitted by wire He used pulses of current to deflect an electromagnet which moved a marker to produce written codes on a strip of paper - the invention of Morse Code Eli Whitney was the inventor of the cotton gin and a pioneer in the mass production of cotton The American Revolution created a great change in the colonies in the mid to late 1700s Gordon S Woods The Radicalism of American Revolution explains not only a change in the government of the colonies but in society itself Such a change marked a real and radical revolution a change of society not just of government Wood pg 169 People no longer saw themselves as subjects dependant was servile Wood pg 179 The American Revolution changed the views of the colonists a change which embodied the spirit of the United States that would be felt for years to come In the early to mid 1800s trade unions were divided by sexes--some even based on skill Until the First World War and the formation of one union to represent all the needs of the industry women were virtually absent from the ranks of the craft trade unions In 1874 Emma Paterson founded the Womens Trade Union League Its main objective was to promote trade unionism among working women by establishing branches of the
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