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    • May 1993
    • 9780231081573
  • 217 Pages
  • Paperback
  • $30.00

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Farm to Factory

Women's Letters, 1830-1860

Edited by Thomas Dublin

Between 1820 and 1860, tens of thousands of single women streamed from rural New England to find work in the burgeoning factory towns of the region. In "Farm to Factory" Thomas Dublin has selected five sets of letters in order to provide a personal view of the first generation of American women employed for wages outside their own homes. The letters he has selected provide a unique perspective on early industrial capitalism and its effects on women.

The second edition of what has become a classic work contains a new introduction, placing the women's correspondence in the context of broader economic developments in early-nineteenth-century New England, and a new set of letters written by Emeline Larcom from Lowell, Massachusetts. Like thos in the first edition, these letters will lure you back in time, offering a broadened view of women's lives in the nineteenth century.

About the Author

Thomas Dublin is Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghampton. He is also the author of "Women at Work" (Columbia University Press) which won the Bancroft Prize.

Adds an important human dimension to our understanding of early American industrialization.

"Farm to Factory" is an attractive addition to the literature. Dublin has collected a series of respresentative letters, not published before. The letters...are often very touching."

Thomas Dublin has mad a valuable contribution to the history of American women with this engrossing collection of letters of New England millworkers of the antebellum era... [The letters] put flesh and blood on the era's quantitative data, balance the male-dominated picture of early industrial capitalism, and show that mill employment encouraged the social, cultural, and economic independence of women."

"Farm to Factory" will attract students to the lives of the women of the past, not only because it contains revealing documents, but because the documents are introduced and displayed with extraordinary sensitivity and intelligence."

Illustrations viiPreface to Second Edition ixAcknowledgement xiIntroduction 11. The Hodgdon Letters 392. Letters to Sabrina Bennett 593. The Larcom Letters 974. Mary Paul Letters 1215. Delia Page Letters 155Afterword 209Index 215