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Daughters of Free Men Viewer's Guide

This booklet is curriculum support for the American Social History Project's 30-minute documentary Daughters of Free Men. The viewer's guide contains background information on issues raised by the documentary as well as additional primary source [...]

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Item Type: Viewer's Guide
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 [...]

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Item Type: Poster/Print
Farm vs. Factory: Citing Evidence

This activity asks students to analyze three primary documents about the experiences of young women who worked in textile factories in New England during the 1830s and 1840s. It provides worksheets to guide and support students in writing a [...]

Lessons in Looking: The Lowell Offering Worksheet

This worksheet helps students to analyze and interpret the meaning of an image that appeared on the cover of The Lowell Offering in 1845. The Lowell Offering was a monthly magazine written by the young women who worked in the Lowell textile mills [...]

Farm vs. Factory: Constructing a Paragraph Worksheet

This worksheet helps students to understand the component parts of a paragraph (claim/counterclaim, supporting details, conclusion/summary) using a paragraph about a cover image from The Lowell Offering. The Lowell Offering was a monthly [...]

Farm vs. Factory: Finding and Citing Evidence Worksheet

This worksheet helps students to gather evidence from two primary documents from young women who worked in the textile factories of Lowell, Massachusetts, during the 1830s and 1840s, and use that evidence in a paragraph.

Farm vs. Factory: Citing Evidence Answer Key

This sheet provides answers for the classroom activity Farm vs. Factory: Citing Evidence.

A Mill Girl Tells Her Story of Work

Lucy Larcom worked in the mills at Lowell as a young woman. Forty years later, she described her experiences in her book An Idyl of Work. She dedicated the book "to working women."

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Item Type: Fiction/Poetry
A Mill Girl Tells Her Story of Work (with text supports)

Lucy Larcom worked in the mills of Lowell as a young woman. Forty years later, she described her experiences in her book An Idyl of Work. She dedicated the book "to working women."

"Song of the Spinners" (with text supports)

The Lowell Offering was a magazine written by the young women who worked in the Lowell textile mills. It was published from 1840 to 1845. The magazine was supported by the city’s textile companies, and it promoted morality and hard work among [...]