Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience 


Lowell, MA



June 23-28, 2019 or July 14-19, 2019 (1 week)


Summer Program

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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.

Project Director(s)

Sheila Kirschbaum

Visiting Faculty

Merritt Roe Smith; Patrick Malone; Robert Forrant; Bridget Marshall; Jennifer Cadero-Gillette; Gray Fitzsimons; Thomas Kelleher; David McKean; Andrew Norander; Darrin Berard

Grantee Institution

University of Massachusetts Lowell