Friday, April 5, 2013

Understanding the Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution:  the changeover from the artisan's hand labor to machinery powered by steam or electricity  This definition is from p. 28 in Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and It's Legacy by Albert Marrin.

Vocabulary you might need to understand the Industrial Revolution: 

agrarian:  /əˈgre(ə)rēən/   adjective -- Of or relating to cultivated land or the cultivation of land. -- (from google search)   An agrarian society is a society of farmers. 

monotonous: Adjective -- Dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.  (from google search) 

rural:  /ˈro͝orəl/  Adjective -- In, relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town: "remote rural area." (from google search)

standard of living: Noun -- The degree of wealth and material comfort available to a person or community.   (from google search) 

textile: Adjective 
Of or relating to fabric or weaving: "the textile industry"
 (from google search) 

urban: /ˈərbən/  adjective --  In, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town: "the urban population". (from google search)

Read this text (the paragraph right under the video thumbnails):

And watch this video:   The video is 2:33 minutes long. 

YOUR TURN:  Write:  If your family lived at the time of the Industrial Revolution, how would life for your family be different if you were to change from an agrarian life, living on a farm and making things by hand,  to an urban life, with those from your family old enough working in a factory?   Think and write about how you would spend your time under both systems, and other differences you'd find in how your family lived.  

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Nonfiction: A Web Search about The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire