Effects of the Industrial Revolution on Slavery
Effects of the Industrial Revolution on Slavery The Industrial Revolution started in Britain, where population was sky rocketing and demand for goods was increasing. This higher demand forced innovators and scientists to invent machines that would make production much faster than their old ways. Before the push for new technology, goods were being produced through the putting-out system: one where a manufacturer would make part of the product, send it out for someone to finish it, then put it on the market. One of the first steps towards the Industrial Revolution was John Kay’s flying shuttle built in 1733. This machine allowed for weaving of cloth to be faster so that thread could be produced in surplus. Labor forces were being lowered
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And the best part about having worker who you don’t own is that you do not have to take care of them. Slave owners would have to pay their slaves for working on top of feeding them, giving them shelter, and paying for them. Slaves became too much of a hassle to keep around in a capitalistic society. Slaves were sent to the bottom of society and even free blacks were treated poorly as well. Places where slavery was very prominent like the Americas began export slaves as they tried to get rid of the burden and stop the trade. Americans finally stopped participating in the Slave Trade which helped bring it down and restore at least a little bit of equality. Everyone believes that it was only the Emancipation Proclamation that stopped the use of slavery around the world, when in fact; industrialization had a significant contribution as well. The Industrial Revolution brought machines to the world that could produce products faster and better than humans, it brought laws that protected the white man’s right to a city job, and it brought the realization of the burden of slaves. All of these things greatly added to the decline of slavery and eventually to the end of it.
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