I'm a student at Conrad College in Vermont, this semester I am doing research on the women textile workers in Maine in the 19th cent. Up next is a project comparing labor organizing and strikes in other New England cities (Lowell, Patterson) to those in Maine. I don't have a lot to go on here in Maine. Any suggestions from anyone about this topic, or 19c. women's labor issues in general? Thus far I've used Philip Foner's Women and the American Labor Movement, and Thomas Dublin's Women at Work. I think there are many more of both Dublin and Philip Foner that I am not aware of. Most recently I really loved Mary Blewett's Men, Women and Work: Class, Gender and Protest in New England Shoe Industry, Claire Quintel's Steeples and Smokestacks, essays of Franco-American experience in New England, and I've found that very useful. Anything else would be very helpful. Thanks.
Baxandall, Rosalyn and Gordon, Linda, w/Susan Reverby, eds, America's Working Women: A Documentary History, 1600 to the Present (Revised ed. W.W. Norton, 1995)
Hareven, Tamara Family Time, Industrial Time
Turbin, Carole Working Women of Collar City: Gender, Class, and Community in Troy, New York, 1845-86 (U of Illinois Press, 1992) (Review by Miriam Cohen can be found on the H-Labor web page at http://h-net2.msu.edu/~books/h-labor/
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