Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the Early Industrial Revolution / Edition 1

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A celebrated triumph of historiography, Rockdale tells the story of the Industrial Revolution as it was experienced by the men, women, and children of the cotton-manufacturing town of Rockdale, Pennsylvania. The lives of workers, managers, inventors, owners, and entrepreneurs are brilliantly illuminated by Anthony F. C. Wallace, who also describes the complex technology that governed all of Rockdale’s townspeople. Wallace examines the new relationships between employer and employee as work and workers moved out of the fields into the closed-in world of the spinning mule, the power loom, and the mill office. He brings to light the impassioned battle for the soul of the mill worker, a struggle between the exponents of the Enlightenment and Utopian Socialism, on the one hand, and, on the other, the ultimately triumphant champions of evangelical Christianity.
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New York Times Book Review

“Extraordinary and brilliant. . . . Rockdale has the dimensions of an important event in American historical writing. It is not only a splendid reconstruction of the past . . . [b]ut a powerful interpretive reading that reconceives the very basis for the study of American industrialization. . . . A book of epic proportions.”—New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803298538
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony F. C. Wallace is University Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His many books include Revitalizations and Mazeways, Modernity and Mind, and The Social Context of Innovation, all published by the University of Nebraska Press.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Rockdale in 1850 : the climax of a way life
Ch. I Sweet, quiet Rockdale 3
Ch. II A town of mules and widows 33
Pt. 2 Rockdale from 1825 to 1835 : the creating of a way of life
Ch. III The assembling of the industrialists 73
Ch. IV The machines, their operatives, and the fabrics 124
Ch. V The inventors of the machines 186
Pt. 3 Rockdale from 1835 to 1850 : the struggle for control of a way of life
Ch. VI The enlightenment's last campaign 243
Ch. VII The evangelical counterattack 296
Ch. VIII The emergence of Christian industrialism 350
Pt. 4 Rockdale from 1850 to 1865 : the transcending of a way of life
Ch. IX Marching to millennium 401
App Paradigmatic processes in culture change 477
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