The Industrial Revolution is more significant for other factors than it is for the changes that it made on industrial practices. It required entirely different social structures to emerge in order for an industrial society to function. In fact, the systems that have actually emerged from industrialization tend to be hybrids of most political philosophies. The industrial political systems of today are not purely socialist, communist or capitalist. It appears that none of pure political systems can function as an industrialized society.
Powerhouse Mechanic Working on Steam Pump, 1920.
Photo: Lewis Wickes Hine.
Department of Commerce and Labor.
National Archives and Records Administration.
Still Picture Branch; College Park, Maryland.