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for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 27 Issue 1, Jan 1950
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Gottfried Praezel owned the first loom in Salem and the town's textile history begins with him in 1766. The author traces the history of textile manufacture in Salem from humble beginnings to the end of the 19th century. The article describes the shift in textile workers from men and their apprentices to the Moravian women known as Single Sisters; linen produced and sales; and the introduction of more sophisticated machinery that changed Salem's textile manufacturing market.
Moravian elders established the Salem Boarding School which would later become Salem College, an all women liberal arts school. Financing for the school came from the congregation which was repaid with interest. The author looks at this school as a comparison for early education in the state and to emphasize the Moravian's unique emphasis on education, especially for women.