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Women at Work The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860

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ISBN-10: 0231041675

ISBN-13: 9780231041676

Edition: 2nd (Reprint)

Authors: Thomas Dublin, Thomas Louis Dublin

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Until the nineteenth century, women were largely confined to work in the home. But in the years between 1820 and 1860 the rise of the cotton textile industry in New England radically altered women's working and living patterns. Thousands of single, young women left the homes of their parents to work in the growing mill towns and to live together in the company boardinghouses. This was the first generation of American women to face the demands of industrial capitalism. Women at Workdetails the lives of this first generation in Lowell, Massachusetts -- America's leading factory town in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. The mill experience bridged the gap between rural and urban…    
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/22/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 0.60" wide x 0.89" long x 0.07" tall
Weight: 0.990

Preface to the Second Edition
A Note on Quotations
Women Workers and Early Industrialization
The Early Textile Industry and the Rise of Lowell
The Lowell Work Force, 1836, and the Social Origins of Women Workers
The Social Relations of Production in the Early Mills
The Boardinghouse
The Early Strikes: the 1830s
The Ten Hour Movement: the 1840s
The Transformation of Lowell, 1836-1850, and the New Mill Work Force
Immigrants in the Mills, 1850-1860
Housing and Families of Women Operatives
Careers of Operatives, 1836-1860
The Operatives' Response, 1850-1860
Preparation of the Hamilton Company Payroll, 1836
The Social Origins Study
The Hamilton Company Work Force, August 1850 and June 1860
The 1860 Millhand Sample
Sources of Bias and Considerations of Representativeness
Selected Bibliography