Virtual Exhibits

You can come view our online exhibits in person at the State Archives on at 337 Westminster Street in Providence. We will validate parking at In Town Parking, across the street from our building.

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Laboring for Justice: Labor Activism in Rhode Island

Samuel Slater launched the American Industrial Revolution when he introduced new manufacturing processes and hydro-power in his Pawtucket Mill in 1793. For the next fifty years, enterprising Rhode Islanders built dozens of mills along Rhode Island’s major rivers. In 1849, Providence’s George Henry Corliss designed a new, efficient steam engine that enabled manufacturers to build away from rivers, leading to a second wave of factories. Whatever their power source, these mills all relied on human labor as well, and immigrants flocked to Rhode Island from Europe and Canada in search of steady incomes and better lives.

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