The power behind the Industrial Revolution


This exhibit demonstrates how the Industrial Revolution was a pivotal point where industrialization and urbanization started to thrive.

Subject A: Source 1

Social Media (Secondary)

This is a post from Pinterest that shows a picture of James Watt steam engine and the Author Robert Jr. Geballa discusses how James Watt’s engine changed the Industrial Revolution and the world forever. James Watt design on this engine made it possible to stay away from high-pressure steam and making his design safer and the highest quality steam engine on the market. This article also talks about how the Industrial Revolution “embodies many of humanity greatest characteristics”  This post supports my thesis because this article shows that during Industrial Revolution there were brilliant inventors like James Watt inventing new machines to help change the world.

Pinterest Page

Subject B: Source 2

Map (Primary)

My second source shows how the Industrial Revolution drove people into the cities where most jobs were going to be located. This image shows how the Industrial Revolution changed population over a 200-year span. As you can see on the left side, England was spread out through their entire country with some areas with larger amounts of people before the Industrial Revolution. An after the Industrial Revolution, you can see how the world had changed; most of the people have flooded to the cities where the new jobs have been created.

Subject C: Source 3

Time (Dated Source) (Primary)

Steam Boat Picture

My third source shows how the Industrial Revolution made it easier for people travel further distances. The link above shows a picture of John Fitch’s steamboat drawing. The idea behind the steamboat was to use the same kind of design that James Watt did with his steam engine but use it on a boat to move faster. During this period, there wasn’t a piston steam engine in America. Due to America splitting from Britain, they would not export any new technology to a former colony, and John Fitch came up with the idea to design a new version of the steam engine. My second link shows a timeline of the most frequent events and invention during the Industrial Revolution. The timeline shows how Industrial Revolution has shaped the outcome our world.

Subject D: Source 4

Image (Primary)

Steam Engine Picture

Project Pic








My fourth source is an image of John Watt’s steam engine. What you can see from the picture is the gears and the pump mechanism for his steam engine. What set Mr. Watts steam engine aside from the others was his design. Mr. Watts steam engine didn’t have to be run by high-pressure steam, so it was significantly safer than other steam engines. This steam engine was built to run faster and help mine materials faster than other steam engines. The increased availability of these new raw materials made building more complex machines and invention easier to be built. This source supports my thesis because it shows that these new designs helped shape the world like it is today.

Subject E: Source 5

Numbers (Secondary)

My fifth source is an encyclopedia with information about the Industrial Revolution in voyant which talks about the main events that took place during the Industrial Revolution. This encyclopedia talks briefly about all the key events that occurred during the Industrial Revolution and how it helped changed the world. A major event that this encyclopedia talks about is the railroads being invented a how it changed the way we look at our world. As railroads were built a large demand for more workers spiked almost instantaneously. There was a huge demand for workers not only to help build railroads but to mine coal out of the ground which was a need to fuel the trains. This source supports my thesis because it shows how certain inventions like the railroad made traveling easier and countries that had railroad became more powerful because they could now move objects across their country even easier. For example ammunition or troops for war preparations, food, clothing, and transportation.

Subject F: Source 6

Words (Book) (Secondary)

Industrial revolution in world history

This book is by Peter Stearns, and Peter quotes “The Industrial Revolution was the single most important development in human history over the past three centuries, and it continues to shape the contemporary world.” In this book, Peter talks about how the Industrial revolution changed our world with new methods and organizations for producing goods. He states that the Industrial Revolution altered the way we live, how we live and where we live. This book can offer different perspectives of the Industrial Revolution and its impact on the world. This source supports my thesis because it shows why Industrial Revolution was the single most important development in human history.

Book cover

My sources support my thesis by showing how different inventions made the Industrial Revolution a pivotal point in our period where industrialization and urbanization started to thrive.


Source 1: Social Media (Secondary)

Geballa, Robert Jr. “Industrial Revolution Facts and Information.” Pinterest. N.p., 06 Oct. 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.

Source 2: Map (Primary)

Muir, Ramsay. “– Culture 4.0 Historical Maps.” England before (1701) and after (1911) the Industrial Revolution. N.p., 2000. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.

Source 3: Time (Data Source) (Primary)

“John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American RelationsInventions and Discoveries.” Inventions and Discoveries: Four Centuries of British-American Relations. N.p., 22 July 2010. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

Sahoboss. “Timeline: Events and Inventions during the Industrial Revolution.”Sahoboss. N.p., 20 Mar. 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

Source 4: Image (Primary)

Robison, John. “Steam Engine – Mr. Watt’s Double Steam Engine from His Specification of 1782.” The Library of Congress. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

Source 5: Numbers (Secondary)

Gale. “Industrial Revolution” Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

Source 6: Words (Book) (Secondary)

Stearns, Peter N. The Industrial Revolution in World History. Boulder: WestviewPress, 1993. Print.


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