Table of contents for The belles of New England : the women of the textile mills and the families whose wealth they wove / William Moran.
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1. 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.
2. Glory of the Nation
From the rocky framland and tranquil villages of New England, women migrate to the mill towns to take their place in the history of the American labor movement.
3. 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 cottom that feeds the mills.
4. From Across the Irish Sea
Irish laborers build the mills, the Irish famine victims of the mid-nineteenth century replace the Yankee women at the looms.
5. 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.
6. Wretched Refuse
Poles, Italians, Russians, Jews, and many others weary of Europe's nineteenth-century wars and poverty join the workforce in the New England mills.
7. Fighting for Roses
Immigrant women lead the great 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the women win.
8. Last Bells
The shift of textile manufacturing to the South destroys the industry in New England.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: 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