Courage at Work

March 2008
Scholastic News -- Edition 4;3/17/2008, Vol. 70 Issue 19, p4
The article presents a classroom play on the Lowell Mill Girls. In the early 1800s, textile mills began to spring up in New England and Lowell in Massachusetts. Many girls and women flocked to Lowell to spin and weave cotton. They were thrilled to be earning wages for the first time. But mill owners took advantage of them. Girls were forced to work 12- to 14-hour days, operating dangerous machines in hot rooms for low pay. When the owners refused to improve workplace conditions and wages, some girls decided to fight back.


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