Lowell's literary 'Factory Girls'

  The Boott Cotton Mill Museum and Trolley, in Lowell.

The Boott Cotton Mill Museum and Trolley, in Lowell.

"Overnight the brick town of Lowell {Mass.} rose on the Merrimack River, attracting hundreds of farmers' daughters with relatively high wages. For a generation the Lowell Factory Girls, with their neat dresses, proud deportment and literary weekly, were one of the wonders of America -- the first which Charles Dickens, arriving in New England, requested to see.''

-- From How New England Happened (1976), by Christina Tree.

  Literary journal by "Lowell Factory Girls''.

Literary journal by "Lowell Factory Girls''.