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Obviously the industrial revolution occured in Europe far earlier than it did in America The industrial revolution was incredibly important in the development of technology and design the industrial evolution was perhaps a result of a changing market and the need to produce a large quantity of goods in the most efficient way ie the birth of the assembly line the assembly line was introduced by Henry Ford in the early 20th century This should be ample material to get you started on your project American society has changed drastically since the first spark of revolution in the 1700s Public opinion and law and the interactions between them have been major forces in this change Why do the British and American approaches to machinery differ A short history of machine tools explains why No two countries were more responsible for the Industrial Revolution than America and England In England during the 18th and 19th centuries there was no shortage of skilled labor Rather than replacing English workers their machines made work more precise Meanwhile in sparsely populated America the needs of a new nation required rapid and simple means of production Machines augmented the scant work force In England machines served to make talented artisans better In America machines served to make entrepreneurs more productive The workers of 1900--and even of 1913-received no pensions no paid vacation no overtime pay no extra pay for Sunday or night work no health or old-age insurance except in Germany no unemployment compensation except after 1911 in Britain they had no job security whatever Fifty years later in the 1950s industrial workers had become the largest single group in every developed country and unionized industrial workers in mass-production industry which was then dominant everywhere had attained upper-middle-class income levels They had extensive job security pensions long paid vacations and comprehensive unemployment insurance or lifetime employment Above all they had achieved political power For
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