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Industrial revolution sparked innovation and new ways of doing things in Britain and America

With The coming of the industrial revolution brought with its chaos on different lands and people. Many saw their lands exploited, customs and culture altered by foreigners who were too powerful to challenge. But these events are not the only defining symbols of the industrial revolution. The industrial revelation main features were its abilities to create innovations as well as new ways of looking at challenges and providing solutions for those issues. Nowhere was this aspiration more evident than in Britain and America(USA). A great deal of the invention of this era was the results of the scientist, engineers and inventors from Britain and America. Whether the issue was one of dieting like the concern of the great American inventor Nikola Tesla, who stress proper dieting and exercising(Twitter )or building railroads, one can confidently say this was an era marked with a spirit for innovation and finding ingenious ways of doing things

A Voyant analysis(Word analysis) of Steven Johnson book titled How we got to now: six innovations that made the modern world, shows one of the most used word by the author is “new”, which emphasis during this era, just about everything was driven by coming up with new inventions by looking at everyday things from different perspectives. One steward of this initiative was the British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot(Image), who in 1833 after becoming annoyed by his drawing skills decided to find out ways to draw better with the help of technology. His endeavors resulted in the invention of photography, which was an outcome that affected not only how we captured images of our loved ones or other things of importance but effected the way we see drawing itself. Many of the industrial revolution era inventions were the ones that dealt with making life a lot easier or more efficient, such example of this aspiration were the invention of the telephone which cause us to rethink what it means to communicate. As well as the invention of the Steam Engine which not only improved traveling, but also was the backbone of the industrial revolution. Without it empires captured lands and distributed goods across different places with such speed and efficiency. (Time)

Much of Britain and America creative innovation was do large parts to its citizens being highly educated compared to other countries, for example a study done by David Mitch titled: Estimated illiteracy of men and women in England, 1500-1900(Number), illustrates the illiteracy rate of England drastically decreased about 40% by mid-19th century. Although this data is regarding Britain, since “Americans imitated and adopted British inventions and technology. As American political and economic power grew in the mid-nineteenth century, the impact of each country’s technology on the other began to be mutual.” (John Bull and Uncle Sam). Thus, its stands to reason that America also improved its education and also decreased illiteracy by somewhat the same margins. The need to be educated was largely fueled by survival and competition because countries that were lagging behind in this era were ones that had a high level of illiteracy. Therefore, it was the best interest of both Britain and America to have low levels of illiteracy.

Education and competition also created the spark and the process that accelerated the industrial revolution which was the steam engine. Railroads and transportation were the results of the invention of the steam engine. Because of railroad’s land was not only a place to reside or grow food, because of this invention our understanding of land usage changed greatly. Thus, creating railroads that crisscrossed(Map) both Britain and America.

Therefore, it’s fair to say when a new technology was invented during this period, it created with it an easy to do tasks and it also came with it innovative ways of doing those tasks.

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Thesis: Industrial revolution sparked innovation and new ways of doing things in Britain and USA

Source 1(time-primary):

“John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American RelationsInventions and Discoveries.” Inventions and Discoveries – John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations | Exhibitions (Library of Congress). July 22, 2010. Accessed April 28, 2017.

Source 2(image-primary): Picture taking by William Henry Fox Talbot

“Invention of Photography – Fox Talbot.” The British Library. January 27, 2015. Accessed May 18, 2017.

Source 3(maps-primary):

Company, Rand Mcnally And, and Union Pacific Railway Company. “New map of the Union Pacific Railway, the short, quick and safe line to all points west.” The Library of Congress. Accessed April 28, 2017. 

Source 4(social media):

Account, Big ThinkVerified. “In 1933, a 77 year-old #NikolaTesla spoke about what kept him going in life:” Twitter. April 16, 2017. Accessed April 28, 2017.

 Source 5 (words):

Johnson, Steven. How we got to now: six innovations that made the modern world. UK: Penguin Books, 2015.

 Source 6 (numbers):

David Mitch, “Education and Skill of the British Labour Force,” in Roderick Floud and Paul Johnson, eds., The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, Vol. I: Industrialisation, 1700-1860, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. p. 344.

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