The Turn Out at Lowell

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Description

This manifesto, reprinted in the Man—a short-lived New York newspaper—comes from the Lowell mill girls, laying out the terms of a strike. This strike, taking place in February 1834 in the face of a large slash on their wages, was the first on record by mill girls. The women demonstrated at banks, and set a deadline for factory managers to return their wages to their previous states. A pledge of loyalty—and of a forfeit of $5, should a woman choose to return to work—helped ensure that the women stayed out of work. This strike was the first of many by Lowell mill girls, and would be followed by another in 1836.
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Title

The Turn Out at Lowell

Creator

Unsigned

Source

The Man
Vol. 1, Issue 3
p. 11

Date

February 22, 1834

Subject

Labor unions
Employee rights
Strikes and lockouts

Coverage

New York, New York

Citation

Unsigned, “The Turn Out at Lowell,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 15, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/51.