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Stepping Stone 2

1. In what ways does the Maine banknote give an idealized version of factory life in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1861?

2. What advantages did mill life offer to women employees at Lowell?

3. What disadvantages to mill life do you find mentioned in these sources?

4. Who was Mary Wollstonecraft? And why would her words be inflammatory in 1834?

5. In what ways did factory life in Lowell represent a realization and a repudiation of the American Dream in the 1830s and 1840s?