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Immigration and Emigration
Samuel Slater
Samuel Slater, 'Father of the American Industrial Revolution'
Industrial espionage

Can one man’s journey be responsible for kickstarting America’s textile manufacturing industry? At least one American president thought so. Heralded as the father of the American Industrial Revolution by President Jackson, Samuel Slater’s decision to emigrate to the United States had consequences far beyond his own life. Derbyshire born Slater gained his expertise in the textile industry as an apprentice to Jedediah Strutt in one of mills at Milford. To reach America, he betrayed his employers, deceived his family and broke the law. However the rewards were rich, on his death in America, his fortune was worth $1,200,000. More...

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