Amelia, Wage Slavery and Frederick Douglass

Amelia, a worker in mid 19th century Lowell, Massachusetts, claimed that factory workers were caught in a system of “wage

slavery.” How did she justify this claim?

Using what you know of factory work in mid 19th century, explain how such paid work might compare and contrast to slavery

as described by Frederick Douglass in his Narrative. (Remember to frame this discussion in the changing context/s of the

time period.)
Answer should be 2 paragraphs.

Source: chapters
CH 25d
CH 22a

On Mill work, Mill workers, and Life in the Mills
Center for Lowell History, Mill Life in Lowell 1820-1880
The Harbinger, “Female Workers of Lowell” (1836)
Orestes A. Brownson, Slave Labor vs. Free Labor, Boston Quarterly Review, July

Charles Dickens, “General Appearance of Mill Workers,” from American Notes

“A Week in the Mill,” Lowell Offering (1845)
Josephine L. Baker, “A Second Peep at Factory Life” in Lowell Offering (1845)

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