AMH 2010 11/05/2013
Most important theme (from last lecture):
Until a city could feed itself they couldn’t have factories.
West became bread basket
Northeast: led the way in industrial revolution
o Had a lot of people… cheap workforce
o Raw material went in one end and out came solid goods
Fast moving rivers and streams thanks to rock hilly terrain in NE.
o Provided good source of water power
First product made was textiles thanks to cotton from the south
You could convince farmers to grow cotton so they can make money
General Idea: What happened on farms shaped cities and vice versa.
Many people had issues with industrialization
Factory owners looked to young girls to work
Owners sold parents the dream of a chaste young girl
Parents would no longer have to feed the kids and assumably get daughters
However female workers were not obedient
o Kept money meant for dowry and didn’t really send any home
o Money spent on clothes
o Girls stay only for a month or two
o Girls loved the city, no one likes the farm – IT SMELLS
o Factory work sucked
Factories allowed for the realization of materialism
o MORE! MORE! MORE!
o Standard of living improved