How the Lowell, Mass. Experience Shaped U.S. Company Towns

The mills at Lowell, Mass., built alongside the canal that supplied the water power that drove the looms

I’ll be speaking at the Lowell National Historical Park on Sunday, as part of the Moses Greely Parker lecture series.

Lowell was the first company town in America, and some say its “utopian” model was soon forgotten. Not so, I say: The Lowell model, from its use of young women workers living in dorms to its strict “moral code,” influenced other company towns, from Gary, Indiana, to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I’ll post my remarks on this blog in days to come.


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