Coming of Industrial Order

Town and Factory Life in Rural Massachusetts, 1810-1860
A groundbreaking study of American industrialization, with a new preface for this edition


This is a study of industrialization in the antebellum New England countryside. More specifically, it is an investigation of pre-Civil War industrialization in two contiguous south-central Massachusetts townships, Dudley and Oxford, and in a third community, Webster, which was carved from them in 1832.

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