The lowell mill girls were female workers in early 19th century america, young women employed in an innovative system of labor in textile mills centered in lowell, massachusetts the employment of women in a factory was novel to the point of being revolutionary and the system of labor in the. The lowell mill girls go on strike, 1836 by harriet hanson robinson a group of boston capitalists built a major textile manufacturing center in lowell, massachusetts, in the second quarter of the 19th century. Lowell mill girls during the first half of the nineteenth century, farm girls and young women from throughout new england were recruited to work in the textile factories in lowell, massachusetts. Mill girls of lowell (perspectives on history) 1st edition loom and spindle: or, life among the early mill girls with a sketch of the lowell offering and some of its contributors harriet robinson 43 out of 5 stars 4 paperback $1436.
As much as the massive brick mills along the merrimack, mill girls were an innovation of the early industrial revolution in new england lowell's mill workforce in the antebellum decades consisted largely of young single women from the farming communities of northern new england most were between. To complete a writing assignment taking on a role from the perspective of a mill owner, mill foreman, mill worker, or a parent of a mill worker within the lowell mill system standards: standard 64 (united states and new jersey history) all students will demonstrate knowledge of united states and new jersey history in order to understand life. In this module, you will read primary and secondary sources about the lowell mill girls you will use critical thinking skills in order to distinguish the author’s use of fact, opinion and reasoned judgment in writing about these events in history. Dbq lowell girls american history high school or advanced middle school heather deiches wasemann mckeel academy of technology directions: the following question is based on documents (a-f.
Lucy larcom's quote is a primary source because she experienced life at the mills firsthand and can recount and describe the quality of life, conditions, and work for the mill girls at lowell paul, mary. For other resources and perspectives on civics education, please visit our main website editorials wanted life as a mill girl in lowell, ma introduction you are a 13 year old girl who has been sent to the factory to earn money to help the family farm. The lowell mill girls were young female workers who came to work in industrial corporations in lowell, massachusetts, during the industrial revolution in the united statesthe workers initially recruited by the corporations were daughters of propertied new england farmers, typically between the ages of 15 and 35 by 1840, at the height of the industrial revolution, the textile mills had. The section on mill life in lowell details daily life in town with letters, census records, building blueprints and more the mills in lowell were at once a blessing and a curse for new england women in the first half of the 19th century.
Exciting social life that most women from small villages had never experi- some had labored in lowell national historical park national park service us department of the interior who were the “mill girls” the term “mill girls” was occasionally used in antebellum newspapers and the majority of mill girls in lowell lived in. This collection of essays and short stories is designed to provide a glimpse of life in the factory for the women who worked in the cotton mills of lowell, massachusetts in the 1840s the book, which contains two primary sources (ie, materials written by contemporaries), and three secondary sources, begins with a brief introduction to the history of lowell by arthur l eno, jr. Introducing reform through the lowell mill girls helps to include women in american history the individual stories of the mill girls, their methods of reform, and the impact they made on our history helps to demonstrate that women have played a significant role in history.
Mill life in lowell 1820-1880 introduction by: gray fitzsimons as the industrial revolution intensified in america in the first half of the 1800s, the young nation’s social and economic fabric changed dramatically. An introduction to the life and history of lowell mill girls pages 2 words 742 view full essay more essays like this: life of lowell mill girls, voice of industry newspaper, nineteenth century not sure what i'd do without @kibin - alfredo alvarez, student @ miami university exactly what i needed. The lowell mill girls: life in the factory perspectives on history series carlisle, ma, 1998 useful as an introduction to the topic, this slim volume incorporates scholarly research in a readable fashion and while written for a general audience, it is appropriate for middle and high school reading levels compiled and annotated by salem.
The lowell textile mills were a new transition in american history that explored working and labor conditions in the new industrial factories in american to describe the lowell textile mills it requires a look back in history to study, discover and gain knowledge of the industrial labor and factory. Lowell mill girls kenneth mooney us history i winter 12-d-8-hst201-2 colorado state university – global campus march 8, 2013 lowell industries lowell, massachusetts is located in middlesex county and was named after francis cabot lowellmr lowell was an industrialist who helped create the first planned industrial community. Here's an inside look at what life was like for the lowell mill girls pictures are from the actual factory in lowell photos an information are from the actual remaining factory in lowell, ma.
It looks like you've lost connection to our server please check your internet connection or reload this page. Introduction lowell, massachusetts, named in honor of francis cabot lowell, was founded in the early 1820s “a factory girl” published a defense of the mill girls in the december 1840 issue of the lowell offering, a journal of articles, lowell mill girls and the factory system, 1840. The lowell mill girls: life in the factory (perspectives on history series) 2nd edition by joanne weisman deitch (editor.
Lowell mills refers to the 19th-century mills that operated in the city of lowell, massachusetts, which was named after francis cabot lowell, who introduced a new manufacturing system called the lowell system, also known as the waltham-lowell system. Decide eliza paige's future this is a game in which you pretend to be eliza paige, a farm girl who has just come to lowell, a brand new industrial city on the merrimack river in northeastern massachusetts. These were the famous lowell mill girls the choice to use yankee women as labor was possible in part because of the city’s status as a planned community carved out of east chelmsford in 1826 at a bend and drop in the merrimack river, lowell offered a chance to plan a new sort of industrial community in a still mostly agrarian nation. Houghton mifflin social studies america will be understanding primary sources: the mill girls of new england objective: students study the letters of mill girls working in lowell, massachusetts, to learn how the mill girls saw their experiences students then write an essay describing a mill girl's life.