Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It’s Time for a Manufacturing Revolution

May 13, 2013

On April 14, 1789, George Washington was walking through the fields of Mount Vernon, his Virginia home, when Charles Thomson, the secretary of the Continental Congress, rode up on horseback, to deliver Washington a letter, telling him that he had been elected president of the United States by the newly created United States Senate.

While this was great news for Washington, it presented two problems for him.

The first was that he had to say goodbye to his ailing mother before setting off for the presidential inauguration in New York City. His mother died before Washington was able to return from the inauguration.

The second problem Washington faced was trying to find a suit of clothes he could wear for the swearing-in ceremony that were made in America.

When Washington became president in 1789, the majority of America's industrial and personal products were manufactured in England. One of the ways that England kept the American colonies under their thumb was by outlawing American manufacturing of most high-quality goods, including fine clothing.

Instead, in the years prior to the American Revolution, the British East India Company, the world's largest transnational corporation, controlled the production and transportation of a variety of goods, including fine clothing.

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