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Working Women, Literary Ladies: The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration

Sylvia J Cook


This book explores the mental and literary awakening that many working-class women in the United States experienced when they left home to work in factories early in the 19th century. It examines the ways that their hopes for lives of full development were fulfilled, exploited, and often disappointed — a process repeated when immigrant women entered factories and sweatshops early in the 20th century. It investigates their literary productions, from the New England factory magazine, the Lowell Offering, to Emma Goldman's periodical, Mother Earth; from Lucy Larcom's epic poem of women operatives ... More

Keywords: working-class women, self-development, literariness, reading, writing, middle-class women, factories, immigrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvia J Cook, author
University of Missouri, St. Louis
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