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These classes will look at the 19th century development of the textile industry in New England: the transfer of technology from the UK, the mill systems of New England, the immigrant labor to run them, and the ultimate decline and departure of the industry. We will discuss how New England was changed through the rise and fall of this industry, and the impact on our modern lives.
The economy determines our quality of life, good or bad. We must manage it well. Financial and business knowledge is essential for everyone to be sure that we choose the right leaders with the best ideas. An examination of the Industrial Revolution in New England will bring us to a greater understanding of the business practices and social issues of the 19th century that may shed light on our current economy.
Pete Murphy is a retired Assistant Professor of Management. He taught Management in the Business Studies Department at Assumption University in 2011. He came to Assumption after a long career in the international energy industry.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609