Lawrence, Massachusetts
Lawrence, Massachusetts is the first extensive photographic history of the city in over seventy-five years, and it offers more than two hundred fascinating images from the renowned Immigrant City Archives—many of them rare and previously unpublished. This fascinating visual history chronicles the growth of a city that began to rise from the plains of the Merrimack River in 1845. Conceived, financed, and managed by Yankee capitalists and designed to be a model town, Lawrence was among the earliest planned manufacturing communities in the country and it quickly became the largest woolen and worsted manufacturing center in the world. From the outset, Lawrence was the gateway to America for thousands of immigrants. Here, they found work, acquired skills, learned English, educated their young people, and eventually became citizens. By 1910, almost 90,000 people—representing 25 nationalities and speaking 40 languages—had made their home within the seven square miles that constitute Lawrence. Their unique story is told through images lovingly cherished in velvet photograph albums and old cardboard boxes, and gathered over the decades from the tenement attics and basements of those who actually lived the lives shown in these photographs. The images vividly portray America’s industrial and immigrant past, and show the lives, work, aspirations, pleasures, and sometimes the suffering, of the people who created the city of Lawrence.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738590493
: Arcadia Publishing
: 10/01/1995
: Massachusetts
: Images of America
: 200
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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This compelling visual history has been created by Eartha Dengler, founder and former director of the Immigrant City Archives; Katherine Khalife, freelance writer and editor; and Ken Skulski, writer and research consultant. Together, they have explored Lawrence’s rich heritage and brought to life the people and events, which have shaped this dynamic and diverse city.
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