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Paperback. Women's studies/Literature. Edited with introduction and commentary by Benita Eisler. Harper Torchbooks/Harper & Row, Publishers. Cover design by Gloria Adelson. Pages are clean, and have no tears. Total 223 pages. Contains black and white illustrations. Approximate size, 5.25 x 8. Edges of cover show light wear, bottom front right corner has a small curl. One minor/tiny tear at the top right area on the front cover. Back cover corners show small crease, wear. Copyright 1977. First Harper paperback edition, published 1980. Printed in the USA. The spine is tight and straight. "From the farms of New England, the Mill Women, the first female industrial wage earners in the United States, flocked to the boardinghouse mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1830s and 1840s. Lured by the highest wages offered to female employees anywhere in America (From $1.85 to $3.00 a week), they sought and found independence and opportunity in the country's first planned industrial community. Even after a seventy hour work week, they found time and energy to write about their lives and aspirations in their own literary magazine, The Lowell Offering. Here is the only anthology of letters, stories, essays, and sketches from that unique and intriguing publication. An exciting and superb anthology serves to remind us that the roots of American feminism (from which women's rights cannot be truly separated) are many and varied." "A magnificent book which brings the past totally alive." A must read book! *9BC1

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