The Industrial Revolution

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Read about the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution and find out how they have shaped our nation today. Inside you will find out:

How railroads encouraged new businesses to spread across the country;

How inventors such as Samuel Slater and John Deere changed the world with their new devices;

And why many children were forced to work in factories during the 19th ...

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Overview

Read about the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution and find out how they have shaped our nation today. Inside you will find out:

How railroads encouraged new businesses to spread across the country;

How inventors such as Samuel Slater and John Deere changed the world with their new devices;

And why many children were forced to work in factories during the 19th century.

Cornerstones of Freedomâ„¢ brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history with engaging text, primary source materials, historical photographs, maps, and timelines.

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Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Full of interesting details that will appeal to its intended audience of middle readers, this volume of the "Cornerstones of Freedom" series has much to recommend. The story starts in England, describing how many steps there are in making a shirt from cotton. The manufacture of textiles to make clothing was time consuming and labor intensive and most people who spun cotton fiber into yarn and wove it into fabric worked from their homes, producing a tiny amount or yarn a day. The invention of a device called the flying shuttle made the process much faster by reducing the amount of time it took to weave yarn into fabric. It also increased the amount that a single person could produce. This invention increased the demand for yarn and the spinning jenny soon followed. When the technology was brought to America, it was refined to include the cotton gin, a device that removes seeds from cotton balls, as well as advances in transportation that allowed goods to be shipped all over the country. By describing each step in the process, the book illustrates very effectively how multiple small steps and inventions led to what is known as the Industrial Revolution. The book features sidebars that highlight individuals and processes as well as a glossary, a timeline, a short bibliography with websites, and an index. While there is a limited mention of the problems caused by factories, there is no mention of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, one of the more horrific incidents that led to labor reform in the twentieth century. While that omission does not limit the book's usefulness, teachers and librarians should include other books on the subject as well. Recommended with caution. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531265628
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 331,152
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene: A Need for Machines 6

Chapter 1 Into the Factory 8

Chapter 2 The Revolution Comes to America 18

Chapter 3 On the Move 28

Chapter 4 Progress and Problems 40

Map of the Events: What Happened Where? 52

The Story Continuous: The Seeds of Innovation 54

Influential Individuals 56

Timeline 58

Living History 60

Resources 61

Glossary 62

Index 63

About the Author 64

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