Polarization of Wealth in the 20c
(“Father of the Factory System”)
The Lowell/Waltham System: First Dual-Purpose Textile Plant
Francis Cabot Lowell’s town - 1814
Early Textile Loom
Starting for Lowell
What was their typical “profile?”
What was boardinghouse life like?
Lowell Mills Time Table
Early “Union” Newsletter
February 20, 1845 issue.
I’m a Factory Girl Filled with Wishes
I'm a factory girl Everyday filled with fear From breathing in the poison air Wishing for windows! I'm a factory girl Tired from the 13 hours of wok each day And we have such low pay Wishing for shorten work times! I'm a factory girl Never having enough time to eat Nor to rest my feet Wishing for more free time! I'm a factory girl Sick of all this harsh conditions Making me want to sign the petition! So do what I ask for because I am a factory girl And I'm hereby speaking for all the rest!
Irish Immigrant Girls at Lowell