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Analysis Worksheet: “I’m Proud...My Husband Wants Me to Do My Part”

This worksheet helps students analyze a poster created by the U.S. government during World War II that encourages women to take factory jobs.

By the Numbers: White and African-American Women Workers

This worksheet helps students analyze statistics about the labor force participation of white and African-American women in the decades before, during, and after WWII.

Description of Sharecropping

This short essay describes the sharecropping system that supported the agricultural economy of the South after slavery.

Item Type: Article/Essay
Active Viewing: Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl "Setting the Scene" worksheet

This worksheet is designed to help students focus on the information presented during the first two minutes of the Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl documentary.

Active Viewing: Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl Vocabulary

These words and phases from the Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl documentary may be unfamiliar to students.

Working Conditions for Factory Girls: Matching worksheet

This worksheet helps students understand the difficult and dangerous working conditions that young female workers experienced in garment factories during the early twentieth century. Students must match quotes from women who worked in garment [...]

PastPresent: 1906

This online immersive digital video game puts players into the fictional New England town of Eureka Falls, where they can choose to become either Anna Caruso, an immigrant weaver at the Boylston Mill or Walter Armbruster, a native-born [...]

1877: The Grand Army of Starvation Viewer's Guide: Close Reading Worksheet

This worksheet helps students to undertake a close reading of a section (pages 4-7) of the 1877: The Grand Army of Starvation Viewer's Guide, which accompanies the 30-minute ASHP documentary of the same name.

The Lowell Offering

Beginning in the 1820s, a group of Boston businessmen built textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts. The first factories recruited women from rural New England as their labor force. These young women, far from home, lived in rows of boardinghouses [...]

Tags: Lowell
Item Type: Poster/Print
A Mill Girl Explains Why She Is Leaving Factory Life (with text supports)

Born on a Vermont farm, Sarah Rice left home at age 17 to make it on her own. Eventually she journeyed to Masonville, Connecticut to work in textile mills much like those of Lowell. Rice's first letter was written after she had been weaving in the [...]

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