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Author Gordon, Wendy M., 1967-

Title Mill girls and strangers : single women's independent migration in England, Scotland, and the United States, 1850-1881 / Wendy M. Gordon
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2002]
©2002
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Description 1 online resource (x, 234 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Machine generated contents note: Ch. 1 Transitions in the City: Independent Female Migration, 1850-1881 -- Single Female Migrants in Historical Perspectives -- Ch. 2 Preston: The Unseen Migrants -- Migrants and Domestic Service in Preston -- Migrants' Economy -- Ch. 3 Lowell: The Mill Girls -- Migrants and the Textile Industry in Lowell -- Migrants' Society -- Desire to See the City -- Migrants' Independence -- Ch. 4 Paisley: The Strangers and the Maids -- Migrants and Domestic Service in Paisley -- Migrants and Bleaching in Paisley -- Accommodating Independent Migrants -- Migrants' Economy -- To Prosecute Her Claim -- Personal Migration Patterns -- Migrants at Risk -- Ch. 5 Comparisons: The Migrants Beside Themselves
Summary "In the nineteenth-century mill towns of Preston, England; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Paisley, Scotland, there were specific demands for migrant and female labor, and potential employers provided the necessary respectable conditions in order to attract them. Using individual accounts, this innovative and comparative study examines the migrants' lives by addressing their reasons for migration, their relationship to their families, the roles they played in the cities to which they moved, and the dangers they met as a result of their youth, gender, separation from family. Gordon details both the similarities and differences in the women's migration experiences, and somewhat surprisingly concludes that they became financially independent, rather than primarily contributors to a family economy." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-230) and index
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Subject Women migrant labor -- Employment -- Scotland -- Paisley -- History -- 19th century.
Women migrant labor -- England -- Preston (Lancashire) -- History -- 19th century.
Women migrant labor -- Massachusetts -- Lowell -- History -- 19th century.
Women textile workers -- England -- Preston (Lancashire) -- History -- 19th century.
Women textile workers -- Massachusetts -- Lowell -- History -- 19th century.
Women textile workers -- Scotland -- Paisley -- History -- 19th century.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002021816
ISBN 0585491380 (electronic bk.)
0791455254 (alk. paper)
0791455262 (paperback; alk. paper)
0791487822
9780585491387 (electronic bk.)
9780791455258 (alk. paper)
9780791455265 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780791487822