A New Order of Things: How the Textile Industry Transformed New England
For nearly two centuries, the New England economy revolved around coastal seaport towns, scattered farms, town centers, and a forest industry geared to turning tall trees into masts for His Majesty's Navy. The American Revolution eliminated the need for masts, but technologies imported from England for twisting cotton and woolen fibers into yarn initiated a major change in the newly-independent country's textile industry. Mills and factories replaced crops and trees, changing the people and landscape of New England forever.
Dramatic technological advances in textile production spurred revolutions in land use, commerce, transportation, business organization, and family life. Based on oral histories and archival documents, and enhanced by 100 illustrations from across New England, A New Order of Things offers an expansive, accessible overview of the rise and collapse of the industry that forced New England into the modern age.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Spinning Cotton in New England
Manufacturing Linen in New England
Investing in Power Weaving
Lowell Astonishes the World
New Englands Woolen Mills Catch Up
The New England Mill Workers
The Struggle for Freedom
Steam Engines Promote Textile Manufacture
Other editions - View all
American Textile History became Blackstone Valley boardinghouses bobbin Boston Associates broadcloth building built canals carding machine century cotton factories cotton manufacturing cotton mills Courtesy American Textile Courtesy Maine Courtesy Slater Mill Dover Dunwell England England mill England textile Fall River farm fibers flannel flax Hampshire hand looms immigrants investment investors jenny labor Lawrence Lewiston linen Lowell Lowell's machinery Maine State Museum Manchester manufac Manufacturing Company Massachusetts mechanics merchants Merrimack Manufacturing Company mill girls mill owners mill villages Moses Brown needed North Andover operated patents Pawtucket Photo by Chris power looms printing produced Rhode Island rolags roller roller printing Samuel Slater satinet skill Slater Mill Historic small mill spindles spinning frame spinning mills spinning wheels steam engines Stevens Textile History Museum textile manufacturing textile mills tion Waltham water frame waterpower waterwheels weavers weaving wool woolen cloth woolen mills Woonsocket workers yards yarn