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Mill by David Macaulay
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Macaulay describes the various kinds of mills and then goes on to discuss the evolution of textile mills and the industry in New England. The illustrations make it easy for the intended juvenile audience to follow along with what is going on and are marvelous. Macaulay used readers from historic mill villages to ensure the accuracy of his narrative. While the preface of the book makes it clear the mills described in the book itself are imaginary, they are based on mills found in New England during the given time periods. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 30, 2017 |
Not one, but several mills, in order of construction. Illustrations are less fine and bolder than in previous works like "Cathedral". ( )
  themulhern | Oct 18, 2014 |
  saintmarysaccden | Apr 15, 2013 |
It took him 2 months to read this independently, but Z really wanted to stick with it . . . he loves him some Macaulay. Next up, Castle. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is my favorite of David Macaulay's books. It describes the planning, construction, and operation of a New England cotton mill and its adaptation to the changing textile industry throughout the nineteenth century. The main text alternates with (fictional) excerpts from the letters and diaries of the mill workers and owners. Macaulay's illustrations combine precision with a sketchbook quality that's very appealing. My children picked up his books before they could read, for the drawings alone.
  JDHofmeyer | Aug 1, 2008 |
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The mills of Wicksbridge are imaginary, but their planning, construction, and operation are typical of those developed throughout New England during the nineteenth century.

Cotton first must be spun into yarn before it can be woven into cloth.
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On February 27, 1810, a partnership was formed in Providence, Rhode Island, for the purpose of building and operating a cotton mill.
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In Mill, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, David Macaulay pays tribute to the historically important mills of 19th-century New England. Using close-up pen-and-ink illustrations, Macaulay thoroughly explains the Yankee ingenuity that went into the elaborate process of running machines that were generated by the flow of water. In the case of this cotton mill in the imaginary town of Wicksbridge, Macaulay also demonstrates how important the mill was to a community's economic and social viability. In one scene, he shows the men and women celebrating the framing of the mill with a festive, barn-raising-style party. Macaulay tracks the mill's history, expertly explaining how all its new fixtures and materials reflect the political and industrial changes in the country. For example, in 1852 the owner sides with his abolitionist wife and shuns the use of "Negro cloth," inexpensive cloth made from slave-picked cotton. Instead he decides to start producing multi-colored, finer fabrics--a decision that leads to the expansion of the mill and the introduction of the steam engine. This is a finely woven offering, filled with technical intricacies and intriguing historical details. But ultimately, Macaulay's Mill is generated by the human story that led to the building of New England's cotton mills--as well as their eventual demise. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson

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In a text that uses original sources and many excellent diagrams, 4 different nineteenth-century New England cotton mills are described.

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