What was the Industrial Revolution, and how did it change the structure of work in the United States?

Week 1 – Discussion 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

The Changing Structure   of Work

According to your textbook, approximately 90% of laborers in the United States worked on farms at the end of the 18th century. By 1900, this percentage had dropped to about 50% of laborers. Based on your readings this week, please answer the following questions:

  • What was the Industrial Revolution, and how did it      change the structure of work in the United States? 
  • What effect did this shift in economic systems (from a      largely agrarian society to an industrial society) have on workers and      their families? 
  • Over the past 50 years, how has technology changed the      workplace even further?
  • In what ways are your career options different from      those of your parents and/or grandparents?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.

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