This lesson will familiarize your students with the kind of power a water wheel can produce, and which variables affect the power output of a water wheel. Secondly the students will see how and why the water wheel was used to power the Wilkinson Mill. Finally the students will understand exactly how the water wheel powered the power train of the mill and the machines connected to the power train.
This lesson explores the immigration experience of the French Canadians, or Quebecois, who left Quebec in the late 1800s and early 1900s for the industrial town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The lesson addresses some of the reasons people emigrate, the challenges they face, the opportunities they discover, and the ways their lives are changed by their new environment.
The Blackstone Canal, a 45 mile waterway linking Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island, was a powerful catalyst for economic change and growth, stimulating the "transportation revolution" which was at the center of Worcester's transformation from a landlocked agrarian outpost to a center of commercial activity. The arrival of the Blackstone Canal began a tradition of innovation and enterprise that continues to characterize Worcester industry.
Students will understand that the Blackstone River Valley experienced a unique form of rural industrialization called the “Rhode Island System of Manufacture” after Samuel Slater built the first textile mill in Pawtucket in 1790. Early mill villages, as typified by Ashton Village between 1810 and 1870, included essential components which led to their success and proliferation in rural towns along the Blackstone River Valley.