American Industrial Society

This paper examines the effect of the American Industrial Society in the early 19th Century on the family unit and reconstructs the lifestyles of the times.

This paper is an examination of the relationship between the
family unit and the developing industrial society of the early 19th century. Many of our contemporary social problems have their roots in the Industrial Revolution. Whether the focus is riots in the central cities, national moral decay, dissolution of the family unit, environmental pollution, the urban blight, or social equality of the sexes, editorials invariably trace the origins of these problems to the industrialization of the American society. The historical significance of the subject is great, for, if these postulations are valid, the Industrial Revolution significantly altered the American way of life. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to examine this particular period of history with regard to its effect on the family. Putting people back into history and reconstructing their lives …