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Author Moran, William, 1934-

Title The belles of New England : the women of the textile mills and the families whose wealth they wove / William Moran.

Imprint New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin's Press, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  331.487 MORAN    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  338.4 MORAN    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  338.4 M793    Check Shelf
 Burlington Public Library - Adult Department  338.4 MOR    Check Shelf
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  338.4767 MORAN    Check Shelf
 East Windsor, Library Association of Warehouse Point - Adult Department  338.4 MOR    Check Shelf
 Granby, Main Library - Adult  338.4767 MOR    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  338.4767 MORAN    Check Shelf
 Marlborough, Richmond Memorial Library - Adult Department  338.4 MORAN    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  338.4 M79    Check Shelf

Edition 1st ed.
Description x, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-275) and index.
Contents A place in the universe: the ingenuity of Francis Cabot Lowell brings large-scale textile manufacturing to New England ; Generations of native-born Americans and immigrants find jobs in the mills -- The glory of the nation: from the rocky farmland and tranquil villages of New England, women migrate to the mill towns to take their place in the history of the American labor movement -- The lords of the loom: business leaders in Boston expand the textile industry, accumulate great wealth, and ignite a fierce debate over the morality of using Southern slaves to provide the cotton that feeds the mills -- From across the Irish Sea: Irish laborers build the mills, and Irish famine victims of the mid-nineteenth century replace the Yankee women at the looms -- Voyagers south: The ethnic character of New England is changed forever as the French Canadians of Quebec cross the border to seek opportunity in America -- Wretched refuse: Pole, Italians, Russians, Jews, and many others weary of Europe's nineteenth-century wars and poverty join the workforce in the New England mills -- Fighting for roses: immigrant women led the great 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the women win -- Last bells: the shift of textile manufacturing to the South destroys the industry in New England.
Summary "The Belles of New England is the story of one group of pioneers in the American labor movement - the thousands of women who left New England farm towns to work in the textile cities that sprang up in the region in the early nineteenth century. Their goal was to achieve personal independence, their mission social justice. At a time when women had no political influence, they battled powerful mill owners for fair pay and decent working conditions."--Jacket.
Subject Women textile workers -- New England -- History.
Textile industry -- New England -- History.
Industrialists -- New England -- History.
Family-owned business enterprises -- New England -- History.
Rich people -- New England -- History.
Social classes -- New England -- History.
Family-owned business enterprises. (OCoLC)fst00920575
Industrialists. (OCoLC)fst00971815
Rich people. (OCoLC)fst01097537
Social classes. (OCoLC)fst01122346
Textile industry. (OCoLC)fst01148828
Women textile workers. (OCoLC)fst01178623
New England. (OCoLC)fst01241913
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0312301839
9780312326005 (pbk.)
0312326009 (pbk.)
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