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Millworker Life

Mai St 5 150WNow that we have gathered a tremendous amount of information—through fieldwork, lab analysis, documentary research—it is time to step back and look at a bigger picture. By distilling our findings, we arrive at new insights of what life was like for these millworkers at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Our interpretation focuses on three aspects of millworker life: the landscape of their neighborhoods, their general health and sanitation (with special focus on privies), and their participation in the growing consumerism of the age.