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The Industrial Revolution's Effects

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Think about the social, political, and economic price each class had to pay for the advancements made via industrialism. How did the Industrial Revolution affect the privileges of the aristocracy, the new-found wealth of the entrepreneurial class, the upwardly mobile ambitions of the bourgeoisie, the never-ending labor of the working class, and the hope of freedom among slaves? In the end, who benefited the most (if anyone) from the Industrial Revolution? Why did they benefit the most, and why them and not somebody else?

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As you think about the social, political, and economic price each class had to pay for the advancements made via industrialism and how did the Industrial Revolution affect the various social classes, it seems like the major shift from small-scale production at home (handmade items) into large-scale machine productions in factories really affected workers as they were used and exploited more, farmers as their lands also were converted, slaves as slave labor intensified in the American South's plantations, etc.

Since the Industrial Revolution shifted influence away from the traditional power players in England, for example, Aristocratic rule was no longer as supreme or influential. Research shows that "upstart manufacturers were now often more wealthy and more important to the nation's overall well being than the landed gentry. They also employed a far greater percentage of the national economy. However, the aristocratic landholders did not entirely lose out: they maintained some power, and only grudgingly gave it up to business interests. Often, the aristocracy, trying to take power away from the manufacturers, would ally with the working class. As both sides, aristocrats and manufacturers, competed for the support of the workers, ...

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The Industrial Revolution is briefly assessed in terms of its social, political, and economic effects. References are also offered.

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