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How the Factory Made Our World

Black and white print of world's first factory.
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The world's first factory, Lombe's Mill, in Derby, England.

Historian Joshua Freeman joins us to talk about the history of factories, which is really interesting when you consider the lives of the people who've worked in them and how they've shaped our world.

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Look around the room and you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that wasn’t created in a factory. The products are ubiquitous and modern life would grind to a halt without them. Tuesday, we’re considering the factory with historian Joshua Freeman. At times we’ve thought about industrialization as a symbol of morality and progress; at others, they’ve been a stand-in for exploitation and dehumanization. We’ll talk with Freeman about how we live and work, and how the factory has shaped our world.

Joshua Freeman is a distinguished professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York. His new book is called  Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]