American Industrialization and Gilded Age

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  • America didn't always look this industrial. But thanks to me, it does now!
  • It all started during the American Industrial Revolution. The early 18th century truly was a wonderful time. And I was the star of it all, even though I started off as low as dirt. Yes, I'm a simple piece of black coal.
  • This one guy named Henry Bessemer made a more efficient method of making steel (which is made of me-Fossil Fuel). He named it after himself-the Bessemer process. 
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  • A guy named John D Rockefeller learned how to turn me into useful products! Factories started being built to make different products and people started moving to cities to work in the factories. Even kids worked in the factories!
  • When people moved to cities, trains made it easy for them to get there. Railroads became very important during this time, and Andrew Carnegie played a major role in that. Carnegie needed me; he sold iron and steel to railroad companies, and I contributed to this because I helped make steel. I made Andrew one of the richest men ever!
  • And it was all glory from there. I became valuable and the American Industrial Revolution changed the American economy, lifestyle, transportation, etc. There was now electricity, faster production methods, and a higher need for me-Fossil Fuel
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