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Unformatted text preview: Within Lowell the factory organization had total control over the environment of its rotating population of most young female workers. The Boston Associates took their republican leadership role seriously and highly supervised their workers. The company agents had unquestioned aristocracy around the town. Beneath them, the overseers made sure that the factories ran properly and controlled the female workers, while the Irish day labor were considered at the bottom of the social structure of Lowell. The system was successful for a number of years, but ultimately independence of mind won out, along with the introduction of an increasing amount of Irish immigrant workers. Although seemingly well-intentioned, the founder of Lowell created a community too closely tried to industrial capitalism to become a model of republican virtue....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course HIST 143 taught by Professor O'hara during the Spring '08 term at Xavier.
- Spring '08