April 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cotton River-lution: The Blackstone’s Role in the Booming New England Cotton Economy – Revolution in the Air Winter Lecture Series
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor present our Winter Lecture Series – “Revolution in the Air.” This six-part series investigates how the Blackstone River Valley has served as an incubator of revolutionary thought and change. Scholars and park staff will lead presentations on a variety of topics including labor reform, ethnic religion and politics, the cotton economy, and architecture.
Lecture #6: Cotton River-lution: The Blackstone’s Role in the Booming New England Cotton Economy
Speaker: Allison Meyette, AmeriCorps Vista NPS
Synopsis: The Blackstone River runs for 48 miles, beginning in Worcester, MA and terminating under the Main Street Bridge in Pawtucket, RI. America’s cotton industry may have begun with Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning mill on the Pawtucket banks of the Blackstone, but it was the rapidly exponential boom of textile mills creeping northward that truly indicated the rise of a revolution. “America’s hardest-working river” carried that were strikingly modern – including transportation of people and products, refining the textile industry, and indications of the aftermath of great success: in other words, the Blackstone River itself showcases the rise, height, and fall of its Valley’s entire central industry.
Bio: Allison Meyette is an Americorps VISTA with the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park who has spent her service year stationed at the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI. An emerging historian, her area of specialty is medieval Irish history but she continues to be curious about the fascinating history of America’s Northeast and the Blackstone River Valley in particular. She holds a BA in Art History/European History from Wheaton College (MA) and an MA in The Beginnings of Irish Christianity from University College Cork (Ireland).
To register for the Zoom link, click here: https://bit.ly/RevolutionInTheAir
To learn more about the Virtual Winter Lecture Series, visit: https://www.nps.gov/blrv/planyourvisit/revolution-in-the-air-winter-lecture-series.htm