"We foster industry in every possible way."
-Mayor Samuel Winslow, 1889
In the late 1800s, Worcester became a major manufacturing
center. Worcester rivaled giant cities like New York and Philadelphia in the
diversity of products manufactured. Metal working and machine
building became the city's core industries. Opportunity attracted
thousands of new
immigrants from Ireland, Canada, and Sweden. Some brought specialized
skills essential to the success of local businesses. Immigrant groups settled
near workplaces, building communities based on old world ties and new world
experiences. The "three
decker" houses that many lived in were a new architectural
feature on the evolving city landscape. Language, ethnicity, and religion
divided workers, at the same time that a shared cultural background united
factory owners and managers.
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