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"Spinning Room Blues"
From Tipple, Loom & Rail
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Slater Spinning Frame
1790

From the first successful American textile mill
Made by English immigrant Samuel Slater in 1790, this wooden spinning frame was a key part of America's first successful textile mill. Its manufacture, however, required Slater to break the law. To protect its dominance of the textile trade, the British government had prohibited the export to America of new machines--and the emigration of mechanics that knew about them. Samuel Slater defied the ban. After completing his apprenticeship with one of England's largest textile manufacturers in 1789, 21-year-old Slater passed himself off as a farmer and boarded a ship for the United States. After a short stay in New York City, he moved to Pawtucket, RI, where he built his famous 48-spindle machine.

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Samuel Slater, born June 9, 1768, Belper, Derbyshire, England; died April 21, 1835, Webster, MA
Slater founded the town of Slaterville, RI
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Learn more!
· Operation of Slater's Spinning Frame
· Technology Transfer
· Slater and Child Labor
· "Spinning Room Blues"

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