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By Sonia G. Benson

Within the moment 1/2 the nineteenth century, the US reworked itself into an commercial energy, able to imagine a dominant place at the global scene within the twentieth century. the improvement of industrialization and the shopper society caused possibilities for lots of americans as a part of an ever-growing center classification, but additionally ended in environmental and social degradation that we proceed to house this day.

UXL's Development of the commercial U.S. Reference Library: Almanac lines the impact of the British business Revolution on the USA and different international locations and discusses such powerful forces as advances in transportation and conversation, innovations that reworked production and agriculture, the expansion of alternate and masses extra.

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What American groups were part of it? Who were its leaders? What did the Progressives want? What kinds of reforms did they advocate? What were some of their accomplishments? When, approximately, did the Progressive Movement end? Research and classroom discussion: Microsoft and Bill Gates Research the history of Microsoft and its founder, Bill Gates, at the library and on the Internet. Discuss in the classroom the way that Gates transformed the personal computer industry Research and Activity Ideas xxxvii and some of the ways that Microsoft came to dominate the personal computer software industry.

For most rural Americans, shopping meant an occasional stop at the one store in town, called a mercantile. The store was stocked with every foreseeable need of the people—clothing, food, animal feed, pots and pans, farm tools, seeds, and much more. The manufactured goods, for the most part, came from England. The English merchants made a profit on them and so did the Industrialism Takes Root in the United States 7 owner of the mercantile, making the goods too expensive for most people to be able to afford them.

The English iron and steel industries New ways of producing iron and steel transformed life in England in the eighteenth century. In order to convert iron ores to iron and steel, manufacturers heated the raw materials using charcoal as fuel. Charcoal is made by burning wood in a kiln. After many years of cutting down trees for this purpose, wood had become scarce in England and iron and steel producers had to look for another fuel. They found this fuel in coke, which is what coal turns into when it is heated in the absence of air.

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