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POSTPONED: Teenage Girls Can Change the World: What We Can Learn from the 19th-Century Mill Girls
March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
All Events and Programs will be cancelled from 3/15-3/31. Please see the message from our director.
We will announce a rescheduled date for this program at some time in the future.
Professor Jason Martinek of New Jersey City University will follow up his talk on Manifest Destiny with a look at another pivotal episode in U.S. history.
When we conjure up an image of an industrial worker, it usually takes the form of a big, brawny man. But teenage girls were America’s first industrial workforce.
In 1820s and ’30s, as the factory system was still being defined and codified, mill girls were at the forefront of making sure that workers rights were respected in these new industrial spaces. Making up the majority of the textile workforce, they were willing to strike if necessary to make their voices heard. This talk recovers and reconstructs the lives of these teenage girls and the invaluable contributions they made to the early labor movement and the United States as a whole.