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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The Belles of New England 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 respo ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 4th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 3rd 2002)
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Jeannie Mancini
Although there are some very interesting tidbits to learn about the New England cotton mills written in Moran's Belles of New England, there was very little about the GIRLS themselves. The author takes you way beyond the life of the girls and digresses heavily into the realms of the mill owners, and of the many immigrants who traveled from Europe for various reasons, coming to America to gain jobs in the textile industry. Briefly mentioning why the immigrants were important would have been plent ...more
Christy
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
Beth
The book started out rather abruptly--not much of an introducation, but after that it was very well-organized and informational. A good history of all groups involved in the New England textile mills.
Liz
Can be a bit dry at time but oh so interesting if you have an interest in the American textile industry, or the Industrial Revolution, or New England history. Um, clearly I liked this book.
Shari
Extremely well researched and written.
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