The industrial revolution changed the way that we see the world. Looking upon our history demonstrates that the industrial revolution paved the way for the world of today.
Section 1: The Ever Expanding World
When the world decided it needed to produce goods in a way “it” had never seen before; we as humans had to create a way to get the goods out. One such advancement was the well-known Assembly line made famous by Henry Ford in production of the Model T Ford (shown below). When these factories were created a massive explosion in population around these factories was established. The population would only grow from there.
The above image shows that the population density of the world is heavily influenced by all of the factories conveniently situated in all of the countries cities. Once the factories were built thus communities were built around them. These communities turned into the thriving cities that we know today.
Section 2: The Past shining a Light for the Future
One of the largest most well–known part of the Industrial Revolution was the advances in technology. The technology of the day may have been primitive by today’s standards, but these advances paved a way for things to come. You can thank the Industrial Revolution for the advances in technology you hold dear now; such as your car, or even the phone in your pocket.
Can we just imagine for a second having owned a horse, and buggy for as long as you could remember then one day you decided to get rid of the horse, and buy a new “Horseless Kart” called a Ford Model T. Would you have thought that everyone would have one of these in 10-20 years time, and would evolve into what we know now. This is exactly what happened to the above family. They might not have known it then, but they were one of thousands of people who helped make the world what it is now by buying a new Ford Model T back in 1917.
Section 3: The Numbers, Oh how they have Grown
In the past production was on a person to person basis. Everything you bought was more or less “Bespoke” until the explosion of industry, and the introduction of a standardized product. A side effect of these changes was the introduction of a luxury niche of bespoke goods that aren’t the now standard mass production items. The growth in product production was so great that in the United States there was a jump from 8,000 vehicles registered in 1900, to over 20,000 in 1925. This spike helped show the world that big industry was the way of the future. Then piece by piece everything was mass produced. Everything from our clothes, to the food we eat is mass produced. We can thank the Industrial Revolution for all of the luxuries that we hold so dear today. For without, who knows where we would be today. It’s something to think about for sure.
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