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Lowell mill girls and the factory system, 1840 a spotlight on a primary source by torin lowell, massachusetts, named in honor of francis cabot lowell, was founded in the early 1820s as a planned town for the manufacture of textiles.
The lowell mill girls were female workers in early 19th century america, young women employed in an innovative system of labor in textile mills centered in lowell, massachusetts the employment of women in a factory was novel to the point of being revolutionary and the system of labor in the. The role of textile mills in the industrial revolution for most of us, textile mills probably don't dot the landscape surrounding the cities and towns we live in -- and if they do exist they are likely not operational.
The social impact of textile mills textile mills produced cotton, woolens, and other types of fabrics, but they weren't limited to just production textile mills brought jobs to the areas where they were built, and with jobs came economic and societal growth. Textile manufacturing became the dominant industry in massachusetts during the industrial revolution and helped promote further industrialization of the state although other textile mills were established in massachusetts in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, they were small and only employed a total of 100 people in the entire state. Start studying chapter 12 learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools search these women were known as the lowell mill girls rhode island with the construction of the first successful textile mill in america in the 1810s. The mill’s owners decided not to modernize or update the massachusetts textile mills and instead invested in building modern textile mills in the south as a result, by the mid 20th century, all of the new england textile mills, including the lowell textile mills, had either closed or relocated to the south. In the 1820s and 1830s, lowell and its mill girls became fairly famous in 1834, faced with increased competition in the textile business, the mill cut the worker's wages, and the workers responded by forming the factory girls association, an early labor union.
The mills in lowell, ma sent representatives of the mill to farms across the new england area to recruit females for the position of, “mill girl” the representative would speak to your parents and present the wonderful life a girl would have and high wages she could earn. During the civil war, many of lowell's cotton mills closed, unable to acquire bales of raw cotton from the south after the war, the textile mills reopened, recruiting french canadian men and women.
Rebecca beatrice brooks january 9, 2017 july 30, 2018 3 comments on role of the massachusetts textile mills in the industrial revolution textile manufacturing became the dominant industry in massachusetts during the industrial revolution and helped promote further industrialization of the state. Mill girl letter textile mill 4132 millbury ave lowell, mass january 6th, 1848 dear family and friends, it has been four months since i left the farm for new england to work at the textile mill i have 7 months more until my work period is over on july 3rd.
The lowell textile mills were a new transition in american history that explored working and labor conditions in the new industrial factories in american to describe the lowell textile mills it requires a look back in history to study, discover and gain knowledge of the industrial labor and factory.