For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Their Own Work: Two Documents from the Nineteenth-Century Labor Movement"

by Vogel, Lise (1976)


In 1846, Mehitable Eastman--a young woman leader of the Female Labour Reform Association in Manchester, New Hampshire--made a dramatic speech before a meeting of workers and reformers. Drawing on her experience of eight years as an "operative" (or worker) in the textile mills of northern New England, she exhorted her audience to determined action...

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Servitude, History, Historical Context, Feminism, Feminist Movements, Gender, Gendered Labour, Nineteenth Century


History of Women and Work, Women and Work, Labour History, History of Work

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