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Ezekiel Straw, The Good Boss

Ezekiel Straw, born on Dec. 30, 1819, in Salisbury, N.H., 194 years ago, was an unusual mill agent – unusual in a good way. He was popular with the workers. Straw’s family moved to Lowell, Mass., when he was a ...

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Paul Cuffe and the Back-to-Africa Movement

The Back-to-Africa movement began with a wealthy mixed-race Quaker named Paul Cuffe, who brought African-American Bostonians to a Sierra Leone colony in 1815, two years before the American Colonization Society was founded. Paul Cuffe led an extraordinary life. He was ...

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The Parker Brothers of Salem, Mass.

Search any New England attic and you're likely to find a version of Parker Brothers' Monopoly. The beloved board game can trace its existence to 1883, when 16-year-old George Parker decided to liven up a dull game called Everlasting. Everlasting was ...

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The 1912 Willimantic Textile Workers Strike

In the spring of 1912, Connecticut newspapers were filled with accounts of the successful Bread and Roses textile workers strike in Lawrence, Mass. Thousands of textile workers, mostly immigrant women and children, had gone out on a two-month strike against ...

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