The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company: A History of Enterprise on the Merrimack River

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Amoskeag Manufacturing Company experienced extraordinary growth following its founding in 1831. The complex company developed land and water power and produced rifle muskets for the Union army during the Civil War. America fell in love with the beautiful, long-lasting colors and quality of Amoskeag's iconic gingham. The company's history is one of engineering genius and invention, enlightened city planning and visionary leadership. It is also the story of the workers, including thousands of eager immigrants who came to Manchester seeking economic opportunity and personal freedom. The company struggled through labor disputes and conflicts between economics and altruism. When the doors finally closed in 1936, local business leaders saved the property from abandonment and extended the Amoskeag legacy through a new wave of prosperity. Author Aurore Eaton explores this revolutionary industry and its lasting significance in Manchester.
ISBN: 9781626197749
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Hampshire
Images: 80
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Aurore (Dionne) Eaton earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Colby-Sawyer College and studied theatre design at Dartmouth College. She is the former executive director of the Manchester Historic Association and of the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Historical Society. Aurore has researched and promoted Manchester's history for over twenty-five years. She writes a weekly column, “Looking Back,” for the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper that focuses on New Hampshire history.
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