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American Revolution

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Leila Ransome

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Improved Steam Engine/ Steamboat Henry Ford Opens Ford The first car was invented by Karl Benz. Karl Benz patented a three wheeled car in 1886. Henry Ford tried to make a small four wheeled car called the Quadricycle. Partners financed the Ford Manufacturing Company. The first manufactured car was called the Model A and it was successful. In eight months 658 cars had been sold. Between 1903 and 1907 Ford made Models B, C, F, K, N, R, and S. After that Ford discovered vanadium steel. This steel was lighter and stronger, lightweight, and affordable. The Model T was sold for $850 in 1908, for $345 in 1916, and for $260 in 1925. By Leila Ransome and Joshua Smith The Cotton Gin The First Telegraph The Sewing Machine Elias Howe patented the sewing machine in 1846 to produce clothing at a faster rate. Clothing became less expensive as more was produced and average people started dressing like the wealthier of Americans. The sewing machine was an important invention that impacted the United States and the rest of the world because it lessened the gap between average people and wealthy citizens. What hath god wrought? The telegraph was invented by Samuel Morse in 1836. The first public telegram was sent by Samuel Morse in 1844. The first signals could be sent about 20 miles away; because of this, Morse had to set up special “hook-ups” so that one message can travel from one station to another to travel farther. In 1843, the U.S. Government paid Morse $30,000 to set up a telegraph machine from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. Inventions During the Industrial Revolution Today, the telegraph has been improved upon, and inventions based off the telegraph are still used today. Before the telegraph, letters were sent by messengers who would either go by foot, boat, horse, or horse and carriage. The mail delivery system was much more organized after the telegraph was invented. Even with the mail system being organized, it took weeks, months, or even years just to deliver one message. Delivering messages electronically would only take minutes or a few hours. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793 to speed up the processing of cotton. A cotton gin picks the seeds from cotton fibers. A worker could process fifty times more cotton by gin then by hand. People started making more money off cotton but they also required more slaves. The slave population went from about 698,000 slaves to almost 4 million. The cotton gin was an invention that furthered but also made the need for slaves for urgent. If the cotton gin wasn't invented the later abolition of slavery might have been less of a struggle. The inventions of the Industrial Revolution furthered the entire world and the ways people lived. The poor working conditions made people realize the need for labor unions. The Industrial Revolution also greatly impacted communication and transportation. We wouldn't be where we are now without all the great inventors in the Industrial revolution giving us something to improve on. Robert Fulton used a steam engine to power a boat in 1807. The boat was called the Clermont and it was 133 feet long and it had wooden side paddles. Side paddled steam boats could only go on rivers but not oceans. The clipper ship was invented in 1850, and it was long and slender with tall masts. The fist car was a huge advancement in communication and transportation. This is one of the inventions we have greatly improved on. The steamboat was an important invention that furthered transportation for long distances.
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