A study of the 1950s closings of selected textile mills from all six New England states, explorations of their local and regional economic impacts, and analyses of community adjustments to economic change. Local recovery measures taken to compensate for losses in labor, industry, and government income. Studies take into account the varying economic settings of the New England communities at hand, including their potential for economic development, their capacity to provide work opportunities to former millworkers, and their ability to withstand out-migration. Data is compiled from interviews with community members and state and local government statistics. Based on the following textile centers in their respective industrial cities: Saco-Lowell Shops, Bates Manufacturing Company, and Pepperell Manufacturing Company in Biddeford, Saco, and Sanford, Maine; Textron, Incorporated (previously Nashua Manufacturing Company) in Nashua, New Hampshire; the Fort Dummer mill (Berkshire Hathaway, Incorporated) in Brattleboro, Vermont; the Berkshire mills (Berkshire Hathaway, Incorporated) of Adams, Massachusetts; Wauregan Mills, Incorporated of Wauregan, Connecticut.