Belles of New England The Women of the Textile Mills and the Families Whose Wealth They Wove

ISBN-10: 0312326009
ISBN-13: 9780312326005
Edition: Revised 
Authors: William Moran
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List price: $22.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 3/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

This is a masterful, definitive, and eloquent look at the enormous cultural and economic impact on America of New England's textile mills. The author, an award-winning CBS producer, traces the history of American textile manufacturing back to the ingenuity of Francis Cabot Lodge. The early mills were an experiment in benevolent enlightened social responsibility on the part of the wealthy owners, who belonged to many of Boston's finest families. But the fledgling industry's ever-increasing profits were inextricably bound to the issues of slavery, immigration, and workers' rights. William Moran brings a newsman's eye for the telling detail to this fascinating saga that is equally compelling when dealing with rags and when dealing with riches. In part a microcosm of America's social development during the period, The Belles of New England casts a new and finer light on this rich tapestry of vast wealth, greed, discrimination, and courage.

Acknowledgments
A Place in the Universe The ingenuity of Francis Cabot Lowell brings large-scale textile manufacturing to New England
Generations of native-born Americans and immigrants find jobs in the mills
Glory of the Nation From the rocky farmland and tranquil villages of New England, women migrate to the mill towns to take their place in the history of the American labor movement
The Lords of the Loom Business leaders in Boston expand the textile industry, accumulate great wealth, and ignite a fierce debate over the morality of using
Southern slaves to provide the cotton that feeds the mills
From Across the Irish Sea Irish laborers build the mills, the Irish famine victims of the mid-nineteenth century replace the Yankee women at the looms
Voyagers South The ethnic character of New England is changed forever as the French
Canadians of Quebec cross the border to seek opportunity in America
Wretched Refuse Poles, Italians, Russians, Jews, and many others weary of Europe's nineteenth-century wars and poverty join
The workforce in the New England mills
Fighting for Roses Immigrant women lead the great 1912
Textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the women win
Last Bells The shift of textile manufacturing to the South destroys the industry in New England
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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