Evaluate the historical significance of the Industrial Revolution on the movement of people.

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Industrialism had a very strong impact on the movement of people. Factories were built in towns where larger populations supported their labor needs. As industry expanded, and labor demands increased, people began to move from rural areas to towns. This process is called urbanization. The technologies that were used to mechanize production in factories also had the effect of making farming more efficient. More efficient farming techniques led to a lower demand for rural workers. For this reason, many agrarian workers made their way to urban areas.

When discussing urbanization in the United States, it is necessary to discuss its effect on the diversity that exists. America is often referred to as a "melting pot." Millions of Europeans moved to the United States in the early Twentieth Century to work in factories. This reflects a significant movement of people and it was undertaken as a direct result of the need for unskilled labor in American industry.