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HIST150 The First Industrial Revolution

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HIST150 The First Industrial Revolution History 150

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These notes cover The First Industrial Revolution, which was covered during the Winter 2016 school year at Ball State University
The West in the World
Dr. Malone
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Steam power, Arkwright, mule power, Manchester, engines of power, The Great Exhibition, New Work Patterns, factories
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Date Created: 02/22/16
HIST150 The First Industrial Revolution, 1760-1850 Britain 4 significant aspects Key question: Why did it happen in Britain? • 1. New Machines in the cotton textile trade. In 1760, cotton cloth was produced in people’s cottages. Participants were known as “putting out system.” o Hand Machines they processed the raw materials that they bought from the merchant, then gave finished product and got paid. § Spinning machines create thread – one spindle of thread § Hand loom for weaving the thread into clothe • One spindle per machine o Important New Machines: § RICHARD ARKWRIGHT – created the water frame for spinning 1769 – water power machine: 96 spindles of thread § SAMUEL CROMPTON – mule-spinning machine 1779 – 2,000-2,5000 spindles of thread § EDMOND CARTWRIGHT – power loom for weaving 1787 • 2. New Form of Energy – the steam power o In 1769 James Watt unveiled his steam engine; in 1782 he developed a rotary engine that could turn a shaft and power the new cotton textile machines o The steam-powered locomotive and the beginning of the RAILROAD AGE § Link to the development of the cotton textile trade; transportation of goods between MANCHESTER AND LIVERPOOL § In 1763 a canal was built btw. Manchester and Liverpool; it took 36 hours to transport § Businessmen wanted faster transportation § Sept. 15, 1830 – Grand Opening Ceremony of the Liverpool to Manchester Line which was 32 miles’ long § George Stephenson’s Rocket (photo à) § William Huskisson member of parliament of Liverpool – first railroad fatality Development of the railroad: Railroad Mania • Gothic revival in railway architecture • In 1850: 6621 miles, but by 1912: 23,441 miles • 9000 railway stations by 1900 • 1842 – Britain was transformed into one -time zone • By 1850, they could go 50 mph Tunnels • Inspired by the Roman architecture • One woman said it was “like a fairy tale” • People felt a sense of power over nature that had never been felt before. The social and cultural impact of the railroad • 400 thousand people paid to ride the rocket. B y 1850, 67.4 million were traveling • New language, new vocab • People use railway imagery Quotes from preachers • “The line to heaven by us is made, with heavenly truth the rails are laid from earth to heaven the line extends and in eternal life it ends” • “Such taverns as these are railroads to hell; their barrels are engines, which make men revel; their jugs and their glasses, which furnish their trains. Weill empty their pockets and muddle their brains and thus drunkards ride to hell in their I pride with nothing but stea m from the barrel inside ” Anti-drink literature 3. Factories • cotton textile trade • In 1771, Richard Arkwright built the first factory it in the countryside. Built it near a river for his water spinning machine. • Manchester: center of the cotton textile factories. By the 1830s more than 50 had been built in MANCHESTER (the first industrial city) • Manchester photo Conditions in these new workplaces • Importance of time in the workplace • Crammed with machines in early factories. Tried to fit as many as possible. • No concern of safety o Woman got scalped, children got fingers cut off • Windows were shut and locked to prevent theft. HOT 80 -84 degrees. Sometimes 100 degrees o Very little ventilation. Lint got into peoples’ lungs, causing re spiratory ailments • If you worked here, new work patterns beca me a new change in way you work 4. New Work Patterns in Factories • Pre-industrial work patterns; task-oriented work; the custom of Saint Monday o Work until you completed task § These workers have control over their time. Can pick their own hours (SIMILAR TO THE UNIVERSITY) o Irregular work, irregular hours o Saint Monday – pre-industrial custom, day to continue to go to taverns • Industrial work patterns – time-oriented work o Typical workday and sample fa ctory rules o Work is geared to the clock. Workday is set by the clock. 6 days a week. About 14.5 hours (5:-8pm) o In order to mold workers, rules were created § Punctuality § Workers arriving 2 minutes late lose half an hour’s wages § No talking w/workers o Paid someone to knock of their door before work “knocked them up” o What behaviors would lead to fines? Being late , not permission from gatekeeper to leave, leaving early repeatedly late to work, washing you hands in not designated places, smoking o Dismissal? Repeated lateness at work, disobedient workers, arriving drunk • In 1850 – Britain was the world’s leading providing of cotton cloth • The price of cotton cloth in Britain dropped significantly – from 11 schillings to 1 schilling in 1832 The Great Exhibition of 1851 (May 1-Oct. 11) • First industrial fair with 32 nations to participate • Held in Joseph Paxton’s “Crystal Palace: erected in Hyde Park, London] 1. 300,000 panes of glass, 4,500 tons of iron 2. Covered 19 acres 3. Pre-fabrication so it could be taken down at the end of the event • Over 100,000 exhibits in 4 categories: 1. Raw material 2. Machinery**** 3. Various manufactured goods 4. Fine art • Educate about the cotton textile machinery • Present a message to the people: machines are the engines of progress Man versus the machine: The Luddite Movement (1810s) • Armed themselves with sledgehammers and destroyed machines


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