This title, first published in 1986, develops the story of American woollen manufacture reaching far back in time to establish the very traditional nature of the fabrication of woollen cloths. Although traditional techniques changed slowly, particularly in England, circumstances and conditions changed rapidly in the United States during the Napoleonic Wars. Americans had more surplus capital to invest; they had abundant natural resources; and many American merchants and manufacturers sought independence from European goods and services. This title will be of interest to students of economic and American history.
Introduction; 1. Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Background 2. The Embryo Conceived: American Manufacturing Beginnings, 1787-1812 3. An Overview of American Woolen Manufacture 4. A Technical Revolution: Mechanization of Woolen Manufacture 5. A Business Revolution: Toward More Rational Business Practices; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1967 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the industrial revolution and provides an examination of related key issues. The volumes examine urban workers and the working class in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries, economic growth during the industrial revolution, and the causes of the industrial revolution, with a primary focus on England. This set will be of particular interest to students of history, business and economics.