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Industrial Revolution



Industrial Revolution
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     challenging words:    interchangeable, loom, successful, textile, material, mechanic, easily, people, jobs, goods, earn, faster, mill, working, enforce, government
     content words:    United States, Industrial Revolution, James Hargreaves, Samuel Slater, Rhode Island, Eli Whitney


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Industrial Revolution
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     In the early days of the United States, most of the people were farmers. Most of the things that people used, such as clothes and tools, were made by hand. It took a long time to make the items that people needed. In the 1800s, this slowly began to change. This change was called the Industrial Revolution.
 
2     The Industrial Revolution started in Britain. In the 1700s, inventors made new machines. These machines changed the textile industry. This industry made material that people could use for clothes and other items.
 
3     For hundreds of years, spinning wheels had been used in homes to make thread. But the spinning wheel was very slow. It could only spin one thread at a time. James Hargreaves invented a machine called the spinning jenny. It could spin eight threads at one time. Later models could spin even more.
 
4     Other inventions helped to make cloth faster. One man built a loom that used water for power. This helped the workers make the material faster. One worker could make fifty times more cloth in one day than he ever could before.
 
5     These new inventions changed how people worked. Before the inventions, many goods were made at home. Most people lived on farms. After the new machines were invented, factories were started in cities. Many people worked in factories to make the goods. People moved away from farms into the cities. These people earned money for their work.

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