Today I am going to be writing about a couple of the inventions that helped the Industrial revolution in the United states take place. Many advancements were made during this time, such as the introduction of coal as a power source (instead of just fire-wood), the invention of the Steam Locomotive, Telegraph, Telephone, Light-Bulb, Steam Boat, and many other things.
The first thing that we are going to talk about is the Cotton Gin. It was invented by a man named Eli Whitney, in 1793. At this time, there were still slaves all over the place working at plantations. Their masters would grow Cotton, and then they would force their slaves to pick the millions of tiny black seeds out of the cotton. The Cotton Gin did this for them. You would feed the cotton in, turn the handle continuously, and it would come out seed free!
The next invention is the Steam Locomotive. This was a huge thing, because it enabled people and equipment to travel somewhat quickly across the United States to the West, where they populated and settled it much quicker than if the long journey would have had to be made on foot. The first Steam Locomotive was made By Richard Trevithick.
The third invention that we are going to look at is the Telegraph and Morse Code. A man named Samuel Morse had an experience in which his wife was dying, he was away, and due to the lack of quick communication, he didn’t know that she had even been sick until she was already dead and her funeral was over. After that, he dedicated his life to finding some way to make communication quicker. What he produced is truly amazing. It is called Morse Code, and it is still used today. It was a code made up of dashes and dots that were be portrayed in bursts of electricity (making a tapping sound) traveling through wires and to telegraph offices across the country. From there, they would be put into words by telegraph operators and given to whoever the telegraph was sent to.
These are just a few of the many important inventions that revolutionized our world during the 17 and 1800s. There isn’t time to write about all of them, so I tried to pick a few of the most important ones.