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Lowell Mill Girls

Women's work: Young women left the farm and went to work in the mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, six days a week, twelve or more hours a day.
  1. Women in the Workplace
  2. Sarah Bagley (5)
  3. Women at Work in Factories

LFLRA - Lowell Female Labor Reform Association
The LFLRA - Lowell Female Labor Reform Association - was an early labor organization for women

Women and Unions: Lowell Mill Girls Organize
America's first working women's association to press for better working conditions and pay -- in other words, a union -- was organized in 1844, and Sarah Bagley was the first President.

Lowell Mills Girls
Harriet Hanson Robinson writes of her experience as one of the factory workers in the Lowell textile mills, 1832-1848.

Mill Girls
A short history of the Lowell Mill Girls, from the Lowell National Historical Park's web site. Includes reproduction of contemporary newspaper mention. (PDF)

Use of Liberty Rhetoric Among Lowell Mill Girls
An excellent use of the Net for history: original documents on the background of the Lowell Mill Girls and on their lives, even some drawings of women who worked in the mills. Original writings demonstrate the theme of freedom as they protested working conditions in literary form. Study questions are included for each document to help make sense of it.

Women's History in Lowell
From the Lowell National Historical Park comes this history of the 19th century textile mill history.

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