Brown & Sharpe: The Rhode Island Company Behind the Modern World

Historian Ged Carbone tells the story of Brown & Sharpe, the Rhode Island manufacturing powerhouse that designed and built the precision tools that enabled the creation of our modern world.


The story of Brown & Sharpe follows the story of U.S. manufacturing and tells us how we got from being an industrial center to the place we’re in today.


(28 min)


Ged Carbone is a journalist who reported for the Providence Journal. He’s a graduate of Brown University with a Master’s degree in Public Humanities, and he’s the author of two biographies on George Washington and Nathanael Greene.


His most recent work has been investigating Rhode Island’s industrial history, including writing a book on Brown & Sharpe.

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