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New power sources - electricity and petroleum

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Week 23: Emergence of Industrial Society IDs


Brand New Energy


The second Industrial Revolution utilized the power of electricity to help them develop their technology and help social and home life. Michael Faraday, a British scientist, demonstrated how an electric current could be made. This concept and principle is still in use today. Electricity improved life by supplying people with light, and electricity to power machines. Communications improved as a result of electricity. The telephone and telegraph were the first communicational devices that were for public use. With the development of technology, radio waves were discovered. Now messages could be sent over long distances in virtually no time.
The Industrial Revolution generated an increasing need for energy which was fuelled mainly by coal.  However, it was discovered that kerosene could be extracted from crude oil and used as a light and heating fuel.  Petroleum was in great demand and by the twentieth century had become the most valuable commodity traded on the world market.
The Lightbulb supplied light after dark
An oil rig - used to pull the petroleum out of the ground or seabed

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