One of the new technologies that was built during the industrial revolution was the first steam locomotive, Rocket. Rocket was built by an Englishman named George Stephenson.
The steam locomotive changed many industries but the industry it probably changed the most is the transportation industry. With the increasing number of railroads being built due to the steam locomotive invention, large amounts of people and goods or material could be transported long distances.
The steam locomotive vastly changed society because this essentially gave people the option to be mobile. More and more people showed a need and want to use public transportation and more and more railroads were built. Following railroads, the development of subways came into play. Once public transportation was established, along came the postal system, which we all know still plays a huge role in the economy today.
The industrial revolution created a working class by taking away the jobs that many did in their own homes and brought the production into factories. Many people now had to go to the factories to work, creating what is known as the “working class”.
Life for the working class was generally miserable. They worked long hours in unbearable conditions for a very low wage. Typically all members of the family would work in the factories including: men, women and children from as young as age six. The workers and their families usually resided in the newly built slums near their work. The slums were basically dark cellars that had no running water, medical service or sewer systems. The working conditions along with the harsh living conditions contributed to the death of much of this working class. It wasn’t until later in time when stricter laws governing working conditions were put into effect.