Items tagged Lowell (27 total)

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Harriet Hanson Robinson began work in Lowell at the age of ten, later becoming an author and advocate of women's suffrage. In 1834 and 1836, the mill owners reduced wages, increased the pace of work, and raised the rent for the boardinghouses. The young female workers went on strike (they called it “turning out” then) to protest the…

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Item Type: Biography/Autobiography
Date: 1898

The Lowell textile factories, and the boarding houses where they required their female workers to live, had strict rules. The women accepted these rules and even helped enforce them.

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Item Type: Pamphlet/Petition
Date: 1846

The Lowell textile factories, and the boarding houses where they required their female workers to live, had strict rules. The women accepted these rules and even helped enforce them.

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Item Type: Pamphlet/Petition
Date: 1846

Lucy Larcom worked in the mills at Lowell as a young woman. In her memoir, written more than forty years later, she remembered how she and other young female mill workers felt about their jobs.

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Item Type: Biography/Autobiography
Date: 1889

Lucy Larcom worked in the mills at Lowell as a young woman. In her memoir, written more than forty years later, she remembered how she and other young female mill workers felt about their jobs.

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Item Type: Biography/Autobiography
Date: 1889

The following excerpts are taken from the script for Daughters of Free Men, which was written by the American Social History Project.

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Item Type: TV/Film
Date: 2011

The following excerpts are taken from the script for Daughters of Free Men, which was written by the American Social History Project.

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Item Type: TV/Film
Date: 2011

These worksheets guide students as they watch the short film Daughters of Free Men.

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Item Type: Worksheet
Date: 2011

In this activity students perform a role play of a talk show between Lowell workers and factory owners. To research their characters, students analyze primary sources. This activity is used to teach with the film Daughters of Free Men, but can be completed without the film.

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Item Type: Teaching Activity
Date: 2011

The young farm women who worked in the Lowell textile mills were used to hard work, but working the large, noisy mills was different. On the farm, women had controlled their own work schedule, and they did may different tasks. In the mill, women did one task over and over again. Factory owners now controlled the speed and hours of work.

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Item Type: Pamphlet/Petition
Date: Circa 1853