In the 1830s and '40s, thousands of unmarried New England farm girls flocked to newly created cities like Lowell, Massachusetts, to earn money in the cotton mills. At first, the mill towns were seen as industrial utopias where the young women wrote poetry and took piano lessons.
The reality was grimmer. Author and researcher Doug Stewart explains how protests organized by New England's "mill girls" set the stage for both the American labor movement and the women's rights movement.
Co-sponsored with the Waltham Historical Society.
$5 Historic New England and Waltham Historical Society members
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