Date of Award

1997

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

American New England Studies

First Advisor

Donna Cassidy

Second Advisor

Ardis Cameron

Keywords

Haskell Silk Company, Silk Industry - Maine - Westbrook, Silk Industry - Social Aspects

Abstract

This thesis makes several contributions to the history of American silks. It shows that some of the most exemplary and well known U.S. silks were manufactured by Haskell despite its location at the far periphery of the major Mid Atlantic silk manufacturing region. It traces the changes in the domestic silk product over time and argues that changing consumer tastes and lifestyle exerted a major influence on what was made and sold.

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