Chapter 18 • Revolutions of Industrialization

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• The visitors are portrayed as interested spectators and in family units indicating that the outing was suitable for all genders and ages.

• They are dressed in clothing that suggest middle- and upper-class backgrounds. No working class figures are present.

• The middle class and the industrial bourgeoisie classes were the chief beneficiaries of the Industrial Revolution, gaining not only greater material wealth from the profits of industry but also free time to attend such events.

Visual Source 18.2: The Railroad as a Symbol of the Industrial Era

Q. What attitude toward the railroad in particular and the industrial age in general does this image suggest?

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• It was a positive development that allowed for greater leisure and travel.

• The industrial age provided new opportunities for people and improved the quality of life for some.

Q. Notice the view out the window. What do the telegraph lines and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a famous feature of the London landscape, contribute to the artist’s message?

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