Duties and Rights of Mill Girls

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This article comes from the New England Offering, a short-lived outgrowth of the Lowell Offering. The piece is credited to “the Author of Lights and Shadows of Factory Life,” whom we know to be Eliza Jane Cate. She worked in mills in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Lowell, Massachusetts. This is only the first chapter, but it covers “Abuses and Mistakes,” “Colonel Bartlett and the Corporations,” “Habits of Mill Girls,” and “Diet and Exercise.” Cate does not fully condemn the factory system, but instead recommends a shorter workday to allow for women to attend to their health.

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Title

Duties and Rights of Mill Girls

Creator

Unsigned

Source

The New England Offering
Vol. 1
Pg. 2

Date

April, 1848

Subject

Cate, Eliza Jane, 1812-1884
Women's Health--history--United States

Coverage

Lowell, Massachusetts

Citation

Unsigned, “Duties and Rights of Mill Girls,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 18, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/52.