Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
This documentary released through Goldhil Home Media International chronicles the changes in England that gave rise to the Industrial Revolution, the accelerated social change that forever changed the whole world. This program details the importance of 18th century labor-saving inventions -- machines designed for mass production in the textile industry -- which triggered similar changes in other industries across first Great Britain and then North America. The results included better quality goods for a cheaper price, making such goods available to a wider cross-section of society. It also brought increased urbanization and its consequent ills of pollution, overcrowding, exploitation of the workers, and poor sanitation. The Just the Facts learning series investigates topics of educational importance, casting them in language and style designed to appeal to young adults. The School Library Journal lauds the series as "factual, straightforward, and unbiased."