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Women at Work : The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860 - Thomas Dublin

Women at Work

The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860

Paperback Published: 22nd April 1981
ISBN: 9780231041676
Number Of Pages: 312
For Ages: 22+ years old

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In this prize-winning study, Thomas Dublin explores, in carefully researched detail, the lives and experiences of the first generation of American women to face the demands of industrial capitalism. Dublin describes and traces the strong community awareness of these women from Lowell and relates it to labor protest movements of the 1830s and '40s.

Of the many books of Lowell's operatives, only Dublin's perceives the indissoluble relationship of consciousness and material reality. He has explored this history with better judgment and more sensitivity toward the common life of Lowell's female labor force than any other scholar of our day. The National Given the many vantage points from which the Lowell experience can be viewed, it is doubtful that any one study can be 'definitive,' but Dublin has made long strides toward that goal. His lucid presentation and analysis of evidence make Women at Work a model of social history. Yale Review

Preface to the Second Editionp. xvii
Notesp. xxii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
A Note on Quotationsp. 0
Women Workers and Early Industrializationp. 1
The Early Textile Industry and the Rise of Lowellp. 14
The Lowell Work Force, 1836, and the Social Origins of Women Workersp. 23
The Social Relations of Production in the Early Millsp. 58
The Boardinghousep. 75
The Early Strikes: the 1830sp. 86
The Ten Hour Movement: the 1840sp. 108
The Transformation of Lowell, 1836-1850, and the New Mill Work Forcep. 132
Immigrants in the Mills, 1850-1860p. 145
Housing and Families of Women Operativesp. 165
Careers of Operatives, 1836-1860p. 183
The Operatives' Response, 1850-1860p. 198
Preparation of the Hamilton Company Payroll, 1836p. 209
The Social Origins Studyp. 219
The Hamilton Company Work Force, August 1850 and June 1860p. 224
The 1860 Millhand Samplep. 230
Sources of Bias and Considerations of Representativenessp. 239
Abbreviationsp. 251
Notesp. 253
Selected Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780231041676
ISBN-10: 0231041675
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 22nd April 1981
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 14.86  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 2