Condition of American Factory Girls

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Description

This article is part of the national and even international concern surrounding female workers in manufacturing establishments at this time. The ongoing dialogue centered on education, the moral character of women employed in the mills, and whether or not manual labor was demeaning. Some worried that labor dulled the mind or else corrupted women’s morals and posed a threat to family life and structure. Others argued it provided greater independence and helped women gain useful skills for married life. It was a common practice of those who argued that work in the factory was beneficial to compare the American factory system to the English factory system, which was seen as much worse. The author of this article goes even further to suggest American mill girls are the backbone of democracy.

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Title

Condition of American Factory Girls

Creator

Unsigned

Source

The New World: A Weekly Family Journal of Popular Literature, Science, Art and News
Vol. 6, Issue 17
pg. 508

Date

April 29, 1843

Subject

New England factories
Women's education
Factories--England

Coverage

New York, New York

Citation

Unsigned, “Condition of American Factory Girls,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 16, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/63.