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Why did the US change from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy?

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December 19, 2010 7:07AM

Technological change mandated a change from an agricultural economy. As a subset of farmers moved from farming with horse and plow to tractor they were capable of farming much, much more land. As mechanical looms came into existence manual looms could not compete with the productivity they offered. Both the tractor and the mechanical loom were demonstrations of radically improved efficiency. This radically improved efficiency meant more goods were available for less labor. So people started getting more goods (more than two sets of clothes, wood or carpet flooring etc..).