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Mind Amongst the Spindles

Charles Knight (1791-1873)

1. 00 - Introduction
2. 01 - Abbey's Year in Lowell
3. 02 - The First Wedding in Salmagundi; "Bless, and curse not"; Ancient Poetry
4. 03 - The Spirit of Discontent; The Whortleberry Excursion; The Western Antiquities
5. 04 - The Fig Tree
6. 05 - The Village Pastors
7. 06 - The Sugar-Making Excursion
8. 07 - Prejudice against Labor
9. 08 - Joan of Arc
10. 09 - Susan Miller
11. 10 - Scenes on the Merrimac
12. 11 - The First Bells
13. 12 - Evening before Pay-Day
14. 13 - The Indian Pledge; The First Dish of Tea
15. 14 - Leisure Hours of the Mill Girls
16. 15 - The Tomb of Washington; Life among Farmers
17. 16 - A Weaver's Reverie; Our Duty to Strangers; Elder Isaac Townsend
18. 17 - Harriet Greenough
19. 18 - Fancy; The Widow's Son; Witchcraft
20. 19 - Cleaning Up; Visits to the Shakers
21. 20 - The Lock of Grey Hair; Lament of the little Hunchback; This World is not our Home; Dignity of Labor
22. 21 - The Village Chronicle; Ambition and Contentment
23. 22 - A Conversation on Physiology

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Lowell Massachusetts was founded in the 1820s as a planned manufacturing center for textiles and is located along the rapids of the Merrimack River, 25 miles northwest of Boston. By the 1850s Lowell had the largest industrial complex in the United States. The textile industry wove cotton produced in the South. In 1860, there were more cotton spindles in Lowell than in all eleven states combined that would form the Confederacy. Mind Amongst the Spindles is a selection of works from the Lowell Offering, a monthly periodical collecting contributed works of poetry and fiction by the female workers of the textile mills. The Lowell Mill Girls, as the workers were known, were young women aged 15-35. The Offering began in 1840 and lasted until 1845. As its popularity grew, workers contributed poems, ballads, essays and fiction. The authors often used their characters to report on conditions and situations in their lives and their works alternated between serious and farcical. (Introduction adapted from Wikipedia by MaryAnn)