The Workers

The Workers

"A considerable number of the boys and girls die within the first two or three years after beginning work," wrote Lawrence physician Dr. Elizabeth Shapleigh. "Thirty of every 100 of all men and women who work in the mills die before or by the time they are 25 years of age". Many of the workers in the woolen mills of Lawrence and in the textile industry elsewhere were young girls. Young women were recruited for employment by mill owners, many of whom believed that girls and women would provide a malleable workforce and were naturally disposed to textile work.

This photo of young mill workers was taken by Lewis Hine in 1911 while he was visiting Lawrence (Library of Congress).This particular group of workers is walking to work at the Pacific Mill.