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The industrial revolution in Europe began in the 18th century The revolution prompted significant changes such as technological improvements in global trade that led to a sustained increase in development between the 18th and 19th century These improvements included mastering the art of harnessing energy from abundant carbon based natural resources such as coal The revolution was economically motivated and gave rise to innovations in the manufacturing industry that permanently transformed human life and perceptions of productivity understanding of mass production allowed specialization and it provided industries with economies of scale The iron industry in particular became a major source of economic growth for the United States during this period providing much needed employment which allowed an abundant population of white people as well as minorities to contribute and benefit from the flourishing economy Steel production boomed in the US in the mid 1900s The US became a global economic giant due to the size of its steel industry taking advantage of earlier innovations such as the steam engine and the locomotive railroad The US was responsible for 65 percent of steel production worldwide by the end of the 2nd World War Reutter 1 In Sparrows Point Making Steel the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might Mark Reutter reports that Four out of every five manufacturing items contained steel and 40 percent of all wage earners owed their livelihood directly or indirectly to the industry This steel industry was the central employer during this eraAfter WWII the industrial revolution began to decline and economic focus was being shifted from manufacturing industries to service industries Deindustrialization led to large scale restructuring of the American economy resulting in a rapid fall in employment rates in the manufacturing industry The purpose of this paper is to explore deindustrialization as a source of urban poverty using Sparrows Point Industrial Complex as the case I analyze economic data such as employment rates and production rates in the
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