How it changed the
simple life on
the family farm
to a money based job working in
and services in a city.
The First Industrial Revolution begins around 1760
in the textile industry in Great Britain. Over the
next decade, manufacturing will move from hand
production in the home to machine production in
factories. People began to leave their family farms
and move to the city to work for money in factories.
The Industrial Revolution spreads to the
United States in 1793 when Samuel Slater opens the
first textile mill in Rhode Island. Eli Whitney
invents the cotton gin in 1793 greatly increasing
the productivity of processing cotton.
This was about the time of the founding of the
country. Most of the founding fathers had agrarian
family farm estates like Thomas Jefferson and George
Before this happened money
was not that important because people grew most of
their own food and handcrafted many household items
in home businesses and then traded for things they
The 18th century or the 1700s
began the age of Enlightenment which was reason and
science over the faith and belief given by the
Nature and the world was now seen as
a clock machine and its laws could then be used to
produce things. We were no longer a part of nature
but now were detached from it and therefore could
manipulate it to our desires.
production of food and crafts and mutual giving and
trading in communities in the country turned into
factory production in cities where money was made
and used to buy food and other things.
is where we lost so much by losing our contact with
nature and the soil and the joy of producing your
own food and making your own crafts and other
necessities of life.
backyard gardening are the way to get back to the
land and our contact with nature.