Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hi everyone,
I am trying to treat myself to one early night this week, before heading back up north to regular life schedule, so I am attaching a documentary poem I have already written. I am a big fan and always have been of mixed media creations. This is a form that fits me and some of my objectives. Please note that I cannot get 1909 picture that should appear with caption: "Little Spinner" to upload.
I have enjoyed thinking, creating, socializing, and psychic-alizing with all of you this week. Thank you for your input. I hope a bit of mine has proved helpful. I look forward to reading more of your work. My best for all hopes and endeavours.-Ann

Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution

Slater Mill is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is the cornerstone of the Chafee Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. It is of exceptional value in illustrating the heritage of the United States of America. The Site was designated a National Historic Landmark District by the Secretary      of the Interior and the National Park Service. Reservations are not required during museum operating hours.


A National Historic Landmark, Slater Mill preserves, interprets and researches the birthplace of Industrialization in America and its collections for the benefit of all. The Mill develops an informed understanding of American heritage in innovative economic, industrial, cultural, artistic and social terms. Slater Mill provides high quality, relevant experiences designed to educate,
entertain and inspire.

symptoms include: breathing difficulties chest tightness wheezing coughing, lung scarring, death

US Department of Labor, OSHA

Textile industries involve diverse operations including fiber synthesis, weaving, manufacturing, dyeing and finishing. One of the oldest industries, textile operations have been studied extensively and many workplace standards exist.

There are numerous health and safety issues associated with the textile industry. They include: chemical exposure from the processing and dyeing of materials, exposure to cotton and other organic dusts, musculoskeletal stresses, and noise exposure.

Textiles are addressed in specific standards for the general industry.

Take a step back in time and live in turn-of-the-century surroundings that have been updated into incredibly chic apartments and amenities

Workers who are involved with spinning cotton are exposed to cotton dust as well as particles of pesticides and soil. Exposure to these elements is known to lead to respiratory disorders among the workers. The fatal condition known as brown lung is prevalent in this industry and is caused by excessive exposure to cotton dust.

The Slater Mill was the first successful water-powered cotton-spinning factory in America. Because of its success, numerous mills were developed in nearby areas that copied its style and management protocols, including the construction of “mill villages,” and the employment of entire families as mill operatives. This became known as the “Rhode Island System” of manufacturing.
Over a long period of time, exposure to noise has been known to cause damage to the ear drums as well as hearing loss. Noise has also been known to cause fatigue, anxiety and a lack of productivity. High levels of noise have been documented within the textile industry.

You will love the aged brick and rugged appearance of the sturdy timber framing. The oversized windows flood our apartment homes with sunshine and warmth

symptoms include: breathing difficulties chest tightness wheezing coughing, lung scarring, death

In 1909, workers appeared to be twelve years old or less. Usual report of hands and fingers severed by the machinery, insufferable heat, dust inhaled causing the fatal condition brown lung. Laws were rarely enforced, and small children in the factory were explained away to the inspectors - they were visiting the mill to bring meals to their parents (meal totters), or helping but not on the payroll (helpers). Wages were good: $2 a day in the mill v. $0.75 on a farm. In the south, Blacks were not allowed to work inside a mill; had they been the need for child labor would have been eliminated. Child labor stopped due to the change in the machinery brought by the Great Depression, which required greater height and skill.

symptoms include: breathing difficulties chest tightness wheezing coughing, lung scarring, death

Original reclaimed wood floors add to the charm of Slater Cotton Mill apartments, providing the perfect blend of modern convenience and luxury loft style living

A little spinner


“Just happened in”. Repeat. Mills full of youngsters who “just happened in,” perhaps to “help sister.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  Witness: Sara R. Hine

in the early 1900’s children were working 54-hour weeks

Issues such as unstable furniture, bad lighting and poor ventilation have been noticed in the textile industry of developing countries. These units provide a workspace that is dangerous and unhealthy for workers. They are at risk for occupational disorders such as musculoskeletal disorders.

you will love calling Slater Cotton Mill your home

Multiple area air samples were analyzed for total elutriated dust concentration (range: 0.15 to 2.5 mg/m3) and endotoxin (range: 0.002 to 0.55 microgram U.S. Reference Endotoxin/m3). The cotton worker population was stratified by current and cumulative dust or endotoxin exposure. Groups were compared for FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC%, % change in FEV1 over the shift (delta FEV1%); prevalences of chronic bronchitis and byssinosis. Linear and logistic regression models were constructed. No dose-response relationships were shown comparing dust concentration to pulmonary function or symptom variable.

symptoms include: breathing difficulties chest tightness wheezing coughing, lung scarring, death

And don’t forget, Slater Cotton Mill is a pet friendly community too

Gram-negative bacteria and their endotoxins are present on all parts of the cotton plant and occur in large numbers after rain or frost. Endotoxins activate pulmonary macrophages that then recruit neutrophils into airways. Platelets accumulate in pulmonary capillaries. These cells allows for the initiation of acute and chronic inflammation. Dose-response relationships have been shown between endotoxin and fever, chest tightness, and bronchoconstriction in cotton workers. Data suggest that after cotton dust exposure, airway hyperreactivity and chronic inflammation, are also related to the endotoxin exposure.

Byssinosis: also called "brown lung disease" or "Monday fever”, is an occupational lung disease caused by exposure to cotton dust in inadequately ventilated working environments.

addendum: the term "brown lung" is a misnomer, as the lungs of affected individuals are not brown

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