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Interpreting Lowell Offering and Industrialization

            Harriet Farley also known as "Susan" was a woman who worked in the Lowell Factories in June 1844. She wrote a letter that describes what labor women did in the Industrialization period. It has the description of a letter, where one is able to see the historical importance of industrialization; meaning the letter shows the detailed image of how people were like during the era of Industrialization. After reading the letter I understood that the letter is in a first person narrative view through the eyes of Harriet Farley; explaining in great detail the sights, jobs, and the thoughts of Susan. "It looked very pleasant at first, the rooms were so light, spacious, and clean, the girls so pretty and neatly dressed, and the machinery so brightly polished or nicely painted" ( Farley, 4). This gives the reader significant detail on the sights Susan has seen; the rooms, women, and machinery. The thoughts of Susan, telling the reader that the rooms were spacious and clean, the women were pretty, and the machinery were new equipment. From this sample the reader can understand the importance of Industrialization, which is the hidden message Susan is trying to tell to the reader. Such as, Urbanization; all the people Susan sees shows that many moved to the urban areas for work, and the reason for all these people to appear in the factories proves of the capital system. However, the way Susan expressed Industrialization adds important detail to the study of Industrialization than the recorded history of Industrialization, which is how people lived their lives at that time. This can be argued. For example, both the letter and the recorded history shares a similar good called textile that was largely produced during the early 1800's, but the recorded history only talked about the development of the technology and the product and never spoke about the people, where as the letter gives a detailed description of the effects people had while working in the factories.

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