The Crompton Closing: Imports and the Decline of America's Oldest Textile Company

  title={The Crompton Closing: Imports and the Decline of America's Oldest Textile Company},
  author={Timothy J. Minchin},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={231 - 260}
This article explores the demise of the Crompton Company, which filed for bankruptcy in October 1984, causing 2,450 workers in five states to lose their jobs. Crompton was founded in 1807 in Providence, Rhode Island and when it went out of business it was the oldest textile firm in the country, having been in continuous operation for 178 years. Despite its history, scholars have overlooked Crompton, partly because most work on deindustrialization has concentrated on heavy manufacturing… 

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