How would you have reacted to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in America?How would you have reacted to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in America?
This would have depended to a great degree on who I was. There would have been people who reacted very positively to the changes and others who did not.
If I had been someone who was happy being my own boss and working when and how I wanted to, the Industrial Revolution would have made me very unhappy. I would all of a sudden have been working for someone else, with them telling me when and how to work. I might have gotten angry and tried to create a union or I might have gotten depressed. Maybe I would have turned to one of the new religious movements that was arising.
If I were an educated person who got a pretty good job in one of the new companies, I would have felt good. I would have felt that the US was becoming more economically powerful and that this would be a good thing for our country.
I agree 100% with post #2 in that it would depend largely on who I was. But the larger point, I think, is that the Industrial Revolution (and the Market Revolution that preceded/accompanied it) limited many people's options rather than expanding them. If you didn't have the capital to invest in business, you had only one choice- to work for someone else. This doesn't sound bad to us today, but for a country with a long tradition of freehold farming and craftsmanship, it represented an enormous change.