The impact of the Industrial Revolution went far beyond the utility of inventions.
There was a huge shifting of population from farms to cities -- and often to tenements.
People began to spend their days working according to a clock, generally doing the same thing over and over, and with the pressure of some sort of foreman or overseer wanting to increase production. Poor working conditions eventually led to the rise of labor unions.
The mass production of goods meant that people could buy things in stores at a reasonable price that they used to have to make themselves.
The westward expansion of the US was also accelerated by the building of railroads.
The increased burning of coal dramatically increased pollution.
Thomas Edison invented many things, including but not limited to, the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture. All these inventions impacted America's growth and history exponentially. Samuel Morse invented the telegraph which greatly increased the ability of information to move from one location to another. He also invented morse code which is still learned and used today. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 which allowed communication to extend to individuals in their private homes. The sewing machine was invented by Hower and Singer and revolutionized the garment industry making the Singer corporation one of the first modern industries. George Eastman invented the Kodak camera which allowed individual to take black and white pictures to preserve their memories and historical events.
These are only a few of the very important inventions that took place during the Industrial Revolution which impacted and changed American society and history forever.