Factory Girls on Strike
This piece provides a journalistic recounting of a large factory girls’ meeting and the resulting reform policies agreed upon by the group. After a brief call to action from the writer to grant the embattled workers “encouragement and assistance of the stronger sex,” what follows is a detailed layout of the factory girls’ demands in the face of lowered wages by their employer, the Cocheco Cotton Manufacturing Company, and to more general insults and hostile working conditions. The meeting took place in a courthouse in or near Dover, New Hampshire, where they worked. The same company became the subject of controversy in the piece, “New England Factories” nearly forty years after this meeting. The problems at Cocheco clearly persisted.For more information on this item, see the AAS Catalog.