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A new order of things : how the textile industry transformed New England

Author: Paul E Rivard
Publisher: Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, ©2002.
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"Based on oral histories and archival documents, A New Order of Things offers a vast, accessible overview of the rise and collapse of an industry that forced New England into the modern age. Lavishly illustrated with photographs drawn from museum archives and private collections, this volume also includes new photographs of artifacts displayed at historic sites across New England. Paul E. Rivard brings to life the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Illustrated works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rivard, Paul E.
New order of things.
Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, ©2002
(OCoLC)655008934
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul E Rivard
ISBN: 1584652837 9781584652830 1584652187 9781584652182
OCLC Number: 48958482
Description: xii, 156 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction: An overview of the textile trade --
Extend the mills: spinning cotton in New England --
The "Masheen": the wool carding machine comes to New England --
Made in families: weaving at home with new tools --
Diaper, tow, and crash: manufacturing linen in New England --
Great expectations: cotton mill fever creates textile towns --
The Waltham power loom: investing in power weaving --
"The best wheel in the world": waterpower in New England --
Genius, wealth, and industry: Lowell astonishes the world --
Calico, blocks, and rollers: printing technology and the new fashion --
"Simply preposterous": New England's woolen mills catch up --
Jenny, Jack, and Billy: the woolen machinery family --
The beginnings of social change: the New England mill workers --
"Acres of girlhood": a workforce of women --
Rising tide of discontent: the struggle for "freedom" --
"Gifted in mind, body and estate": New England builds an immigrant workforce --
The Lawrence experience: the fall and reprise of a New England textile city --
Smokestacks and train tracks: steam engines promote textile manufacture --
Speeders, pickers, and mules: New England's new machinery.
Other Titles: How the textile industry transformed New England
Responsibility: Paul E. Rivard.
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A lavishly-illustrated social history of the manufacture that did most to transform the character of New England and of America.  Read more...

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