The late 1800s were a time of great change for the United States. Before the Civil War, most people lived in small villages and worked on farms. Life revolved around the home, where most of a family’s necessities were produced. Families raised livestock and grew much of their food. They made candles for light and even made their own clothing. After the war, businessmen created new inventions that made life easier and more efficient. Factories and mills could quickly produce clothing, shoes, and other items. Many people, hoping for an easier life, left their farms and villages to find work in factories in cities. Most of them learned that an easier life isn’t necessarily a happier one.
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Question: What negative consequences happened because of the coming of factories?
Answer: When people moved to cities, they spent less time with their families, often working long hours in harsh, unsafe conditions. These people also lived in small, cramped apartments where disease was common. Children were left alone or sometimes worked in factories too.
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