Here are some one liners...
Better Chemistry (and Breeding) through DuPont -- The DuPont family has escaped France and open a modern gunpowder mill. They have also brought a special sheep they name Don Pedro and he is a winner.
The First Child Labor Laws and Slavery -- It is too controversial to dictate to families how a child is to be raised (including the work a child will do) so Parliament concentrates on the apprentice law. I relate it to the gradual approach to the abolition of slavery and I talk about sunlamps.
In Other News -- Napoleon become leader for life, the atomic theory of chemistry and Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
Better Chemistry (and Breeding) through DuPontThe DuPont family has just opened a gunpowder mill near Wilmington, Delaware (but not too near). It is built on the foundations of a burnt out cotton mill. E.I. DuPont once worked in France's powder mills and in a saltpeter plant. He knows the modern methods of making gunpowder and he has noted the woefully inadequate methods for producing gunpowder being used in America today. In 1776, the Americans had started a Revolution without a single gunpowder mill to supply the Continental Army. The Army used captured stores until powder mills could be built. Yet, as America has grown, the old powder mills have not kept up with the demand. DuPont believes that with modern equipment, the family can quickly establish themselves in the US market and make out like bandits. Last year they presented their proposal to President Jefferson so that they could build the powder mill this year. Business will soon be booming, so to speak. By mid-century, DuPont will be supplying half the gunpowder the military uses. By the 20th century DuPont will be producing nylon, plastics and chemicals world-wide.   
The First Child Labor Laws and SlaveryAt the dawn of the Industrial Age there is no minimum wage and no minimum age of employment. Most child labor is at home spinning cotton, so child labor at the cotton mill seems like a natural transition. (FYI, we are talking about 10-year-olds.) It is a man's right to sell his labor, and in these days it is a father's right to sell the labor of his children. These are called "free children" and the Parliament is reluctant to dictate to a father about his children... so they don't. The Parliament's responsibility is apprenticeships. In a cotton mill, an apprentice is a pauper or orphan who is required to work. No free rides. The shifts are 12 hours or more. Bedding is provided, but the kids are "hot-bunking." While one kid sleeps, the other is working. The factory manager is paid for his production so he drives the kids to exhaustion. There is not much government oversight and frankly, the owners don't get out there much either. One factory owner is a minister in Parliament, so he introduces legislation to improve factory conditions. He calls it the "Health and Morals of Apprentices Act". It is the first of the child labor laws. It has no effective enforcement teeth. It applies only to apprentices and it assumes that fathers will look after their children... or not.  
In Other News
- Chemical reactions are the rearranging of atoms. John Dalton proposes a theory on how chemical reactions occur. Yeah. He's got it.