Welcome to The Industrial Revolution!

Introduction: This WebQuest explores how the Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain, a country that contained just the right mix of raw materials, laborers, and people with money to make the development of the factory system possible. Along with advances in agriculture, the Industrial Revolution played a significant role in modernizing the world and providing it with new economic principles. 

Grade Level: 9-12
Curriculum: 9th Grade Social Studies
Ohio Content Standard(s): History 9.1 and 9.2

While the French Revolution encouraged political change, a second revolution occurred in Europe, causing rapid economic and social change. In many respects, its effects were even more far-reaching and significant than the effects of the political revolution in France. The Industrial Revolution brought about a fundamental change in society by introducing mass production (the large-scale production of goods) and the use of new sources of power to meet human needs. Science became more closely linked to technology, resulting in a stream of constant innovations. Agricultural society changed into a modern industrial society.

The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain in the 1750s. It soon spread to the United States and other parts of Europe, and later to the rest of the world. In the WebQuest, you are going to determine the many causes and effects that the Industrial Revolution had on the world.

You will complete the following sections of this webquest and fill out the accompanying activity form:
  • Agricultural Revolution:
  • The Industrial Revolution Begins in Great Britain
  • Manchester
  • Economic Systems
  • Industrial Revolution Reforms


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Introduction Video