Labor and Landscape: Lowell as 19th-Century Crucible





June 27 to July 2, 2021 and July 11 to July 16, 2021 Length: 1 Week


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Educators consider nineteenth-century textile manufacturing as a moment when multiple ways of using nature collided. Participants look at ways of labor and meaning of landscape for the Merrimack River Valley’s Native Americans, for enslaved people in the Deep South, and for “Yankee” farm families on New England’s rural homesteads. They also explore the industrial transformation of raw cotton into finished cloth by a changing array of wage laborers in Lowell and discover the origins of American environmental concern, social protest, and regulatory policy in the reaction to widespread environmental disruption and ever-worsening pollution associated with textile and other factories.

Project Director(s)

Sheila Kirschbaum

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Chad Montrie; Robert Forrant; Bridget Marshall; Christoph Strobel; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant; Patrick Malone; Gray Fitzsimons; Dave McKean; Dennis Culliton; Darrin Berard

Grantee Institution

University of Massachusetts, Lowell