Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||Alfred R. Waud|
|Context||Technological innovations transformed the production process during industrialization.|
|Audience||Readers of Harper's Weekly|
|Purpose||To show how the Bessemer process increased production|
Before the Civil War, skilled workers used a slow and costly process to produce iron, which tended to be soft and malleable. The development of Henry Bessemer's converter aided the search for a more durable metal. The Bessemer process transformed iron into steel by injecting air into it, thereby reducing the amount of carbon. The process is credited with launching the steel industry and cheapening the cost of production because it was no longer necessary to employ highly paid skilled workers.