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Innovations of the Technical and Industrial Revolutions

Select five innovations each from the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution. For each innovation, fill in the appropriate information to the table below, marking with an X whether the innovation occurred during the Industrial or Technological Revolution.


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Industrial Revolution:
1. Cotton gin: increased the speed of cotton cleaning by 50 times
Individual impacts: Farmers who were previously suffering losses were able to become profitable
Social impacts: crop rotation is abandoned in favor of profits from cotton; labor shortage results since more acres are under cultivation
Business impacts: Southern communities became dependent on a single cash crop; created a slave-based economy in the South
Political impacts: Congress passed tariffs to help manufacturing companies (located in the North); contributed to tensions between the North and South, leading eventually to civil war

2. Steam engine:
Individual impacts: People were able to travel to visit distant friends and relatives; greatly increased the speed of transport and standards of living through rapid transport of manufactured goods
Social impacts: Removal of geographic boundaries
Business Impacts: iron/coal industries expanded, increasing labor concentration into mills, factories and mines
Political impacts: facilitated the rise of organized labor

3. Telegraph
Individual impacts: people were able to communicate rapidly, improving the transfer of knowlege
Social impacts: faster, cheaper communication breaks down geographic barriers and encourages ...

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Impacts of the innovations of the Technical and Industrial Revolutions