Petition to the Massachusetts Legislature

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Description

The men and women of Lowell were suffering from overwork, mental abuse, and inhumane conditions in the factories. Factory workers were forced to labor for thirteen to fourteen hours per day with limited food rations and physical exercise. Disease and early death were expected. Sarah G. Bagley, president of the Lowell Female Labor Reform Association, led the charge for a ten-hour workday. The association was the first women’s labor union in the United States. John Quincy Adams Thayer and James Carle were leading male supporters of this movement. More than two thousand women signed the petition for improved labor conditions.

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Title

Petition to the Massachusetts Legislature

Creator

John Quincy Adams Thayer
Sarah G. Bagley
James Carle

Source

Voice of Industry

Date

January 15, 1845

Subject

Petitions
Hours of labor
Bagley, Sarah G.

Coverage

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Citation

John Quincy Adams Thayer Sarah G. Bagley James Carle, “Petition to the Massachusetts Legislature,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 15, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/66.