As the industrial revolution developed in the United States, traditional patterns of work were disrupted and replaced by more rigid, structured, factory-based workplaces. Apprentices who aspired to become masters in their fields found themselves doing menial, repetitive tasks. Artisans who had once enjoyed economic independence became wage workers. Many young women who would have woven cloth on their family farms in previous generations became some of the first textile mill workers. Working-class Americans resisted and adapted to these changes. In what ways did they seek to maintain their older traditions of work and/or improve the conditions of their new jobs? How successful were they? Write a 5-page paper that addresses the above prompt.




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