Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Slater Mill - Pawtucket, Rhode Island

You may have read about this place in your history books in school.  In 1793 it became the first water powered cotton mill which through demonstration of it's efficiency, helped industrialize the nation. It is commonly referred to as "Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution".  However, this mill has a dark past in that children were put to work in the mill under dangerous work conditions.   Some of them got caught in machines such as the mule spinner.  They were small so they were made to go into the machine to repair it.  Many of them never emerged alive.    Read the full story>>

Slater Mill in 1872