When Providence Was The Silicon Valley Of The Nineteenth Century

Jul 6, 2017

At the turn of the century, Providence was at the epicenter of technological innovation. Rhode Island’s capital city was home to state of the art manufacturing facilities, and at the center of those companies was Brown and Sharpe.

Founded in the early 1800s, Brown and Sharpe began as a watch and clock repair business, but soon ballooned into a major manufacturer of machine parts. A new book outlines the history of this iconic Rhode Island company: “Brown and Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry”

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down to discuss the book with its author, and former Providence Journal reporter, Gerald Carbone.