by Sean Vincent, Ashland University

The industrial revolution started in the late 19th century and changed our way of life forever. in this WebQuest we will explore the changes brought about by the industrial revolution, key persons, and how the industrial revolution affected the lives of everyday people.


Before the days of electricity, automobiles, radio, television and computers people worked with their hands and their muscle to accomplish the simplest of tasks. For example, a trip from New York to San Francisco in 1800 could take 3 months traveling by horseback, or whatever conveyance you could find. By 1900, that trip would take you about 3 weeks.  in 2010 that same trip takes about 5 hours in an airplane, or 5 days in a car. Making a meal today can be as simple as popping a frozen dinner in the microwave, but in 1850 no one had electricity in their homes, much less a freezer. This rapid advance in quality of life and buildup of infrastructure started with the industrial revolution. 


     The industrial revolution changed our lives in so many ways. We are going to discover some of the people who were responsible for the industrial revolution, The inventions and innovations they created, and discover how they changed the way we live.