Chapter 12

Chapter 12: The Dynamics Of Growth

Research Topics

Lowell Mill Girls

Overview

Why did the female workers in the Lowell textile mills choose to strike in response to a proposed wage cuts?

The women who worked in the Lowell textile mills earned wages lower than those paid to men. When mill owners sought to cut wages in 1834, the mill workers went on strike. This incident reveals the changing roles of women in American life during the era of industrialization.

Sources

Choose from the following titles:

  1. Cotton Mills at Lowell, Massachusetts, 1852
  2. Letter from a Lowell Operative (1834)
  3. FROM Harriet H. Robinson, Loom and Spindle, or Life Among the Early Mill Girls (1898)
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