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The Olden Time Series: Vol. 2: The Days of the Spinning-Wheel in New England Gleanings Chiefly from old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts   By: (1822-1898)

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In "The Olden Time Series: Vol. 2: The Days of the Spinning-Wheel in New England Gleanings Chiefly from old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts," Henry M. Brooks delves into the rich history of colonial America, focusing specifically on the days when the spinning-wheel played a pivotal role in the lives of New Englanders. Aptly titled, this second volume of The Olden Time Series provides readers with a mesmerizing glimpse into the daily lives, traditions, and challenges faced by early settlers in this region.

Brooks paints a vivid picture of the bygone era, skillfully weaving together stories and anecdotes sourced primarily from old newspapers of Boston and Salem. Through meticulous research and attention to detail, the author captures the essence of New England in a way that will both educate and captivate history enthusiasts. The book examines various aspects of life during this time, such as the practice of spinning and weaving, the role of women in society, and the social and economic changes brought about by the spinning-wheel industry.

One notable strength of Brooks' work is his ability to seamlessly merge historical information with engaging storytelling. Rather than presenting a dry account of events, he infuses the narrative with personal accounts, letters, and newspaper clippings, instantly transporting readers back in time. By incorporating these elements, the author breathes life into what otherwise could be perceived as mundane historical events.

Additionally, Brooks' meticulous attention to detail is commendable. He skillfully covers a wide range of topics while still ensuring each one receives adequate attention. From the economic impact of the spinning-wheel industry to the cultural and social changes it sparked, the author provides a comprehensive exploration of this significant era. Readers will find themselves immersed in the struggles, triumphs, and day-to-day lives of those who lived during this transformative period.

If there is one criticism to be made, it is that the book occasionally becomes overly technical in its focus on spinning techniques and machinery. While these details enhance the book's historical accuracy, they may be overwhelming for readers less interested in the minutiae of spinning-wheel history. However, it is essential to note that such sections are offset by the more narratively-driven portions, ensuring a balanced and engaging reading experience overall.

In conclusion, "The Olden Time Series: Vol. 2: The Days of the Spinning-Wheel in New England Gleanings Chiefly from old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts" is a captivating journey into the past. Henry M. Brooks expertly transports readers to colonial America, shedding light on the significance of the spinning-wheel in New England society. With its well-researched content, compelling storytelling, and attention to detail, this book offers a fascinating exploration of a bygone era. Whether one is a history enthusiast or simply curious about life in early America, this volume is sure to satisfy and enlighten.

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16mo. Per vol., 50 cents.

There appears to be, from year to year, a growing popular taste for quaint and curious reminiscences of "Ye Olden Time," and to meet this, Mr. Henry M. Brooks has prepared a series of interesting handbooks. The materials have been gleaned chiefly from old newspapers of Boston and Salem, sources not easily accessible, and while not professing to be history, the volumes contain much material for history, so combined and presented as to be both amusing and instructive. The titles of some of the volumes indicate their scope and their promise of entertainment:


"It has been the good fortune of the writer to be allowed a peep at the manuscript for this series, and he can assure the lovers of the historical and the quaint in literature that something both valuable and pleasant is in store for them. In the specialties treated of in these books Mr. Brooks has been for many years a careful collector and student, and it is gratifying to learn that the material is to be committed to book form... Continue reading book >>

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