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Profit and Paternalism: The Boston Associates and the Explosion of the New England Textile Industry (1813-1860)

by Amy S. Green, Ph.D.

Resident Historian at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

Logo of The Boston Manufacturing Company, the first fully-integrated and mechanized textile mill in the world, and the first company created by the group of men who would become known posthumously as the

LOGO OF THE BOSTON MANUFACTURING COMPANY, THE FIRST FULLY-INTEGRATED AND MECHANIZED TEXTILE MILL IN THE WORLD, AND THE FIRST COMPANY CREATED BY THE GROUP OF MEN WHO WOULD BECOME KNOWN POSTHUMOUSLY AS THE "BOSTON ASSOCIATES."

In 1934, historian Vera Shlakman coined the term “Boston Associates.” She discovered that a small group of investors from Boston were critical to the larger industrial development of New England, and beyond. This group, joined together by social and blood ties, consolidated wealth and dominated the American textile industry during the first half of the nineteenth century.

This talk will explore the technological innovations, new business strategies, and shared ideals that characterized the Boston Associates, beginning with Francis Cabot Lowell and the Boston Manufacturing Company in 1813. Our Museum resides on that historic site.

As absentee owners, they not only ruled the industrial life in places like Lowell, Lawrence, Chicopee, Manchester, and Saco, they also contributed to the economic growth of these once-small villages.

Men like Patrick Tracy Jackson, Francis Cabot Lowell, John Amory Lowell, and Nathan Appleton, to name a few, were linked together not only because they had made it to the top of Boston’s elite, but because they wanted to make sure that industrial growth did not run amok; but, was restrained by traditional values of community, hard work, social obligation, and decency.

This talk will explore the philosophy, history, achievements, and legacy of this group of trailblazing men who made manifest the vision of the great American innovator, Francis Cabot Lowell.

This talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served!

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