Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience
Participants in this Landmarks Workshop examine Lowell’s textile industry as a case study of early 19th-century industrialization and reform. We use the resources of Lowell National Historical Park and other cultural/historical sites to address changes in work, society, culture, and the environment between 1820 and 1860, as well as reform activity related to labor, women’s rights, and slavery. Educators investigate history where it happened and learn how to teach with primary sources, artifacts, and historic sites in their own communities. The workshop combines lectures, discussion, hands-on and field investigations, dramatic presentations, and close examination of primary, secondary, and literary sources.
Funded through the Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops grant of the Division of Education Programs