I am going to put a unique spin on history, that is rarely discussed. I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, which was one of the model cities, built to jump start the American industrial revolution. This originally wooded and farm location was chosen, because it had a good size river, with a significant elevation drop; waterfalls, over several miles. It was an ideal place to generate water power for the anticipated factories that would go there. The founders dammed the river, and hand dug a series of canals, using Irish immigrant labor, to create the water power grid for all the expected factories; Venice of the West. The early industrial revolution, at this location, was based on textiles, which is thread, cloth and clothes. What made this time in history, unique, besides the new technology, was textiles was a spin off of sewing, with sewing considered traditional women's work. Since most of the factories were making textiles and textile products, and since textiles was considered sewing, there was a huge demand for women to work in the factories. The result was a migration from the farms to the cities, with women playing a pivotal role in making the industrial revolution possible. Lowell became the first city with public education for women, among other firsts for women. This was not due to government regulation. Rather it was due to free market forces. Free education was given as a benefit to the female employees, who worked hard to make the revolution possible and businesses profitable. A smarter work force was better for everyone. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Another key component for jump starting the Industrial revolution in America was slave labor; picking cotton for the textile industries. The cheap slave labor, although usually seem as dark and gloomy, was critical for making the industrial revolution possible. If labor costs had been higher, so the price of cotton was too high, it may not have been cost effective for the founders to raise the money to take this leap of faith in an industrial revolution. The city was incorporated in 1826. Once the factories were up and running and unit costs came down and profit went up, it became possible to handle an increase in cotton costs. There was no more need for slavery. The women and descendant of slaves should both celebrate their untold pivotal contributions to the jump starting of the industrial revolution.