The Boston Press
October 17 1855
Now that I have memorized the designs of the british textile mill plans I am going to go to the United States and send a letter to Moses Brown and try to form a partnership with him and start a textile business. Sense I have passed his test we are starting a mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to test my plan realistically I am very confident that it will work. Now I Samuel Slater have to prove it will work.
Eli Whitney Was an inventor in 1798 who invented Interchangeable parts. He had to prove that it will work in front of John Adams and Secretary of the state and it worked! He changed the Textile industry forever by making broken parts replaceable.
The new mills sound intriguing I heard that there is a mill nearby. I hope my sister Jane doesn’t get sent to a lowell system for four years and then get married! I would rather work at a Rhode Island System with the whole family. A Rhode Island System. A Rhode Island system is Samuel Slater hiring whole families to work for him. A Lowell System is unmarried women working at water powered mills for 12-14 hours a day for four years until they quit to get married.
Sarah G Bagley started making laws about us being able to only work for ten hours at a time. I can’t wait. She is part of a trade union I want to join. Dear Ms. Bagley, Can I join your trade union? You have inspired me in many ways.
The Transportation Revolution
The New Inventions
Now things used steam power for factories. A new type of farm equipment was invented called the Steel Plow by John Deere. Another home invention is the sewing machine. It allowed users to not have to hand sew everything. This changed how textiles were made. They were now made faster.