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Fall 2005


This paper is the result of research to answer the question "why is there so much 'Socially Responsible Business' in Vermont." Vermont is a small state that effectively missed the industrial revolution of southern New England. It has a history, however, of attracting practical, independent-minded people from surrounding areas and “always being a stepahead, behind, to the left or the right of national politics.” The trend toward Socially Responsible Business is the latest way Vermont is showing its ability to attract independent thinkers. The paper is not an end to the author’s interest in Vermont History and should not be read as a definitive history, it was a way to motivate his research into Vermont and examine the validity of his pre-conceived theories.