New England Factories

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Description

Former textile worker and reformer Jennie Collins penned this piece for the Revolution, the official organ of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Collins speaks here of the heightened demands upon mill girls, required to operate six or seven looms (rather than one or two), to pay more for room and board, and to accept dramatic wage cuts. Such conditions precipitated a strike at the Cocheco Cotton Manufacturing Company in Dover, New Hampshire, which saw eight hundred workers walk off the job at the risk of being blacklisted. Collins calls upon working women to don “fig-leaf dresses” before putting on a dress made from Cocheco fabric.

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Title

New England Factories

Creator

Jennie Collins

Source

The Revolution
pp. 19-20

Date

January 13, 1870

Subject

Cotton manufacture--Strikes and lockouts
New Hampshire--Dover
Cocheco Manufacturing Company

Coverage

New York, New York

Citation

Jennie Collins, “New England Factories,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 11, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/80.