A modern photographer has posted an interesting slideshow of American weaving factories. Most of the photos relate to wool rather than cotton, but they're fascinating anyway. (And did you know that indigo -- to dye fabric blue -- was a major American crop, encouraged in particular by a teenage girl -- Eliza Lucas Pickney -- left in charge of her father's plantation?)
For more about Eliza Pickney, read Cokie Roberts' fascinating book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation.
-- Rachel Holmen