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Martin Kelly

Inventors of the Industrial Revolution

By November 27, 2012

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When I have asked students over the years to tell me what they think of when we discuss the American Industrial Revolution, answers include things like steam engines, smokestacks, railroads, child labor, and terrible working conditions. It often seems that the excitement of invention has been lost on students through movies and discussions of tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. While the depths of these tragedies cannot be overstated, it is important to remember that this period of American History was replete with inventions and discoveries. Many of our modern conveniences can be traced back to this era including light bulbs, sewing machines, fluorescent lighting, and the radio.

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