Web Sites or Sections of Web Sites about the Industrial Revolution and Related Topics
Updated October 2008

Site attempts to interweave isolated knowledge of history to encourage connections to a more holistic view. Created in the UK by television executives with strong interests in history. Included timelines, brief articles, searchable information and other resources. The link above goes directly to the Industrial Revolution page from which students can branch out to related topics through hyperlinks.

HistoryNet (Weider Histroy Group, publisher of history magazines)
The search box on the upper right allows users to find selected full text articles. Caution: the main focus of the site is to sell subscriptions to the Weider’s magazines.

Fordham University Paul Halsall’s Internet Modern History Sourcebooks: Industrial Revolution:

Women in World History
The Plight of Women's Work in the Early
Industrial Revolution in England and Wales

Cotton Times
Explores the relationship between cotton the Industrial Revolution from one of its birthplaces, Lacashire, England.

Liberty Fund
The Liberty Fund’s article on the economic impact of the industrial. Contains links and a long bibliography which may be of use to students. Use with caution: this organization may have a specific agenda.

The Spartacus Encyclopedia of British History: Textiles
A plethora of links related to the textile industry, which sparked the Industrial Revolution in England.

About.com’s European History/Industrial Revolution page:

University of Rochester Steam Engine Library

Columbia University Encyclopedia
Short entry on the Industrial Revolution

History Guide’s Industrial Revolution Page
A hyperlinked page written by Raleigh, NC-based history professor Steven Kreis.

Digital History’s Guided Readings: The Roots of American Economic Growth
Features a series of neatly packaged, printable summary pages on the following topics:
- The Roots of American Economic Growth
- The Growth of the American Economy
- Accelerating Transportation
- Speeding Communications
- Transforming American Law
- Resistance to Technological Innovation
- Early Industrialization
- The Growth of Cities
- The Eve of the Industrial Revolution
- The Transformation of the Rural Countryside
- The Disruption of the Artisan System of Labor
- The Introduction of the Factory System
- Labor Protests
- The Movement for a Ten-Hour Day
- The Laboring Poor
- Immigration Begins
- Social Mobility in the North

Other parts of the Digital History site will be of interest to both students and teachers. Read the Credits section at http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/credits.cfm for more information about this fantastic site and who produces it.

Yale-New Haven Teachers’ Institute Industrial Revolution Page
A text-heavy site that contains bibliographies for both teachers and students.
Web Sites that Have a Particular Type of Tool Associated with Them
The sites below offer timelines, searchable databases or collections of specific type of resource as their primary focus.

Hyperlinked Chronologies and Timelines

Victorian Web, based on materials created by Anthony S. Wohl, a Brown University history professor to accompany Brown’s courses in Victorian literature.
Chronology of the Industrial Revolution section:

Kid Info: Reference Resources: Industrial Revolution
These resources include a timeline, and information on business leaders and inventions.
[NB: Can be visually unfriendly in some browsers.]

Timeline of Inventors and Inventions from About.com with links

Searchable Databases

Library of Congress: American Memory Project searchable database
Search or browse full text documents from the collections of the Library of Congress.
“American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.”
[The above description can be found online at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/about/index.html]

Inventors’ Hall of Fame Searchable Database
Search articles on inventors from all era, including the Industrial Revolution. The name of an inventor is required in order to use the simple search form.

Video-rich Sites

Howstuffworks.com videos from the Discovery Channel
Type “industrial revolution” in the video search box and hit Search Videos.

The History Channel’s World History Site at historychannel.com
Includes both text and videos (videos are on the right).
Sample video results for “industrial revolution” on historychannel.com

Internet Archive Moving Image Site
The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Example: try advanced search and enter “industrial revolution” in the top search box, then select mediatype and choose movies from the dropdown menu.

Still Images

New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery
Focuses primarily on 19th – early 20th century photographs. Set up well for browsing.


Great Books Index: Writings of Alexis de Tocquville (1805--1859)
Full text, translated into English.