American Textile Colossus: The Story of Fall River, Massachusetts, its Cotton Manufacturing Industry, and its People, by Jay J. Lambert, is a sweeping saga of Fall River’s old cotton textile industry – the mills, the managerial hierarchy, the workforce, and the events and issues that shaped their lives.
Documenting the cotton textile industry from the local perspective of Fall River, it is an unpretentious effort to understand the city’s role in the industrialization of America.
The cotton textile industry is as much a part of the author as it is of Fall River: Jay grew up in the shadow of the former Wampanoag and Flint Mills and is the direct descendant of English and French-Canadian ancestors who immigrated to Fall River to find employment in the city’s textile mills.
A must-read for anyone interested in Fall River history or the rise – and inevitable fall – of the city’s premier industry.
Limited Edition Hardcover, Numbered and Signed, Dustjacket, 807 pp., Illustrated; $100.00