“A Devil in Petticoats” and Just Cause: Patterns of Punishment in Two New England Textile Factories Punishment has been ingrained in the social structure of the factory from the very beginning because the coordination of a complex division of labor entails exercise of authority, and where orders are given there is a potential for disobedience. While… Continue reading Sweatshops

Cotton Gin, Spinning Jenny, Jacquard Loom and industrial knitting.

Industrial Revolution  Cotton Gin   Eli Whitney?  Spinning Wheel  The spinning wheel is an ancient invention that turned plant and animal fibers into thread or yarn, which were then woven into cloth on a loom. However, no one knows who invented the first spinning wheel, but it most likely originated in India between 500 and 1000… Continue reading Cotton Gin, Spinning Jenny, Jacquard Loom and industrial knitting.

Sewing Machine

London Sewing Machine Museum   “Peacefully Working to Conquer the World:” The Singer Manufacturing Company in Foreign Markets, 1854-1889   With typical Yankee push, the American sewing machine of the 1850’s was publicized and quickly accepted as the great American labor-saving machine which people around the world could use for fun or profit. The industry was… Continue reading Sewing Machine