This presentation starts with a quick review of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions in Britain in the 18th century. A discussion of early American inventors such as John Fitch and Oliver Evans leads to Samuel Slater and the beginnings of the American Industrial Revolution. The major inventions and inventors from the antebellum period including Cyrus McCormick, Samuel Colt, Eli Whitney, Samuel Morse, and many others are covered. The role of new transportation systems such as canals, steamboats and railroads and the creation of national markets is reviewed. The rise of early unionization attempts and use of child and women labor is also presented. Traces the development of the U.S. as a major industrial power by the middle of the 19th century.


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