Industrial Revolution Web quest
The Industrial Revolution was a time of dramatic change, from hand tools and handmade items, to products which were mass produced by machines. Workers became more productive. Since more items were manufactured, prices dropped, making exclusive and hard to make items available to the poor and not only the rich and elite. Life generally improved, but the Industrial Revolution also proved harmful. Pollution increased, working conditions were harmful, and factory owners employed women and young children, making them work long and hard hours. The Industrial Revolution was a time for change, for better or worse.

This WebQuest is dedicated to the Industrial Revolution, the changes that occurred, and how it effected modern life.
This WebQuest demonstrates the transition from hand tools to machines and shows the pros and cons of the revolution.

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1. What was the Industrial Revolution?

2. Describe what child labor is.

3. What was the common age range for child labor?

4. What was the pay per week?

5. How many were employed in the United States?

6. Create a list that describes the working conditions in factories. At least 5 conditions.

7. What was the class (wealth) structure and where did they live?

8. Find 2 inventors and discuss: a. Who were they? b. What did they invent? c. When was their invention created? d. Where was it created? e. Why was it important at that time? f. How did it influence today?

9. What were Labor unions used for? Who did they represent?

10. Where did most of the people live? Why?

11. What roles did women play in the Industrial Revolution? How
does that differ from today?

12. Compile a list of 5 inventions and describe why they were

13. Define: a. anarchism b. capitalism c. socialism d. communism

14.Compare and contrast any two of the political theories from above ( letters a, b, c, d)

15. Choose one of the companies (below) accused of abusive labor, and provide information that would support these claims.(5 specific facts)

Labor Issues Today- Some of todays companies have been accused of profiting from abusive labor. Nike Disney Hyundai Guess Wal‐Mart Kmart J.C. Penney Victoria Secret Limited Espirit CBS aired a “48Hours” special report on Nikes factory operations in Vietnam.
According to the report, 15 Vietnamese women told CBS New that they were hit over the head by their supervisors for poor sewing. Two were sent to the hospital afterward. Forty‐five women were forced by their supervisors to kneel down with their hands up in the air for 25 minutes.

Resources for Webquest:
Growth of Cities:
Migration During the Industrial Revolutio (population shifts)
History of Internation Migration: Industrial Revolution

Working Conditions:
The Life of the Industrial Worker in Ninteenth­Century England

Role of Women:
Women and Children in the Industrial Revolution
The Plight of Women's Work in the Early Industrial Revolution in England and Wales

Child Labor:
Women and Children in the Industrial Revolution
Child Labour
Child Labor and the Industrial Revolution

Health and Sanitation:
Diseases in the Industrial Cities
Disease During the Industrial Revolution
Public Health During theIndustrial Revolution
Chadwick's Report on Sanitary Conditions (Primary Source)

Earning a living

Labor Unions:
Bricklayers Union
Association of Cotton Spinners
Agricultural Laborers Union

Impact of inventions:
Textile Industry
Signs of the Times: The "Mechanical Age"
Seamstresses: Industrial Revolution (Primary Source)

General Info.:
Industrial Revolution Background Information