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Inventors and Inventions
of the Industrial Revolution


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Inventions
People

 

Inventions
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The Textile Industry
Steam Engine
Steamboat
Railroads
Telegraph
Steel-Making
Photography
Electricity

Road Building

Telephone

Airplane

Other Personalities of the Industrial Revolution 
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People of the Industrial Revolution
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Arkwright, Richard
Bell, Alexander G.
Bessemer, Henry
Brown, Moses
Crompton, Samuel

Daimler, Gottleib
Darby, Abraham
Dickens, Charles
Hargreaves, James
Kay, James

Lowell, Francis
Macadam, John
Morse, Samuel
Slater, Samuel
Smith, Adam

Stephenson, George
Telford, Thomas

Watt, James
Whitney, Eli
Wright Brothers

 

 
Inventions and Inventors in the Industrial Revolution
  The Textile Industry
    Overview of the Industrial Revolution in the Textile Industry. A comprehensive presentation from Spartacus Educational (Great Britain), which includes articles on the Domestic System, the Textile Industry, Textile Inventors, Inventions, and Entreprenuers.
    Flying Shuttle
      John Kay and the Flying Shuttle
     
    Water-Powered Loom
      Edmund Cartwright. An excellent article that discusses the invention of the water-powered loom
      The Invention of the Power Loom in Edmund Cartwright's own words.
      A Brief Look at the Power Loom A very short article with a discussion of the changes that took place because of the power loom
   
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    Spinning Jenny
      James Hargreaves
      Spinning Jenny
   
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    Spinning Mule
      Samuel Crompton Using the Gale Resources Power Search Page, type in "Samuel Crompton" in the Search Box. In the Results Page, click on the Reference tab.
     
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    Cotton Gin
      Eli Whitney. A biography of the inventor and a discussion of his impact on US history.
      Eli Whitney. American National Biography with an excellent discussion of the development of interchangeable parts. To access the article, click on the ANB buttion, and then enter "Eli Whitney" in the Search Box.
      Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin More information on Eli Whitney
     
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    Moses Brown, Samuel Slater and the Industrial Revolution in the United States
      Moses Brown Using the Gale Resources Power Search Page, type in "Moses Brown" in the Search Box. In the Results Page, click on the Reference tab.
      Samuel Slater A biography of Slater, and why he is called the "Founder of the Industrial Revolution in the United States."
      Samuel Slater Another short biography of Slater.
   
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    The Factory System
      Richard Arkwright Considered the father of the modern industrial factory system; his inventions were a catalyst for the Industrial Revolution.
      Francis Cabot Lowell American National Biography search engine page. Enter Francis Cabot Lowell in the search box.
      The Lowell Factory System A look at the system for manufacturing textiles devised by Francis Lowell.
      The Lowell Factory System More information on the development of the Lowell Factory system.
 
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  Steam Engine
    James Watt Using the Gale Resources Power Search Page, type in "James Watt" in the Search Box. In the Results Page, click on the Reference tab.
    James Watt's Steam Engine. A discussion of the invention of the steam engine, with a link to an animation of Watt's engine.
 
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  Steamboat
    Robert Fulton and the Steamboat
   
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  Railroads
      George Stephenson A short biography of the inventor of the steam locomotive, and a description of his invention.
      George Stephenson Another biography of Stephenson, with links at the bottom of the page to more information.
 
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  Steel-making
    Henry Bessemer A short biography of Bessemer, and a discussion of the steel-making process
    Henry Bessemer About.com has a biography of the English inventor. At the bottom of the page are links to the steel-making process
   
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  Electricity and the Light Bulb
    Thomas Edison A short biography of the inventor, from About.com, with links to more information and specific inventions
    Thomas Edison A more extensive look and the life and inventions of Edison, if you want more information.
    The Light Bulb A look at just one of Thomas Edison's famous inventions (only one of 1, 093 patents awarded to Edison!!)
   
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  Road Building
    John MacAdam A biography and discussion of the impact of MacAdam's ideas of road building
    Thomas Telford A short biography of the important road and canal builder.
 
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  Automobile
    Assembly Line  
      History of the Assembly Line A discussion of the development of the assembly line by Henry Ford.
      Invention of the Assembly Line Some quick facts about the assembly line.
    Internal Combustion Engine
      Gottlieb Daimler A biography of Daimler.
      The Internal Combustion Engine Daimler's significant contribution to the development of the automobile.
   
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  Photography
    George Eastman and the History of Kodak. A biography of George Eastman, but also a discussion of the problems of early photography and how Eastman revolutionized the industry
 
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  Telegraph
    Samuel F. B. Morse Using the Gale Resources Power Search Page, type in "Samuel Morse" in the Search Box. In the Results Page, click on the Reference tab.
    The Invention of the Telegraph
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  Telephone
    A History of the Telephone
    Alexander Graham Bell Invents the Telephone.
    Fascinating Facts about the Invention of the Telephone
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  Airplane
    Wilbur and Orville Wright From Time Magazine comes a biography of the inventors and a discussion of their invention. Follow that links at the bottom of page 1 for the the next pages.
    The First Flying Machine. A discussion of the historic first flight, with links to more information
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  Other personalities of the Industrial Revolution
    Abraham Darby The Darby family played made several key advances in the Industrial Revolution.
    Adam Smith Using the Gale Resources Power Search Page, type in "Adam Smith" in the Search Box. In the Results Page, click on the Reference tab.
    Charles Dickens Using the Gale Resources Power Search Page, type in "Charles Dickens" in the Search Box. In the Results Page, click on the Reference tab.
   
 
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