Factory Lives: Four Nineteenth-Century Working-Class Autobiographies

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James R. Simmons, Jr
Broadview Press, Apr 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 498 pages

Factory Lives contains four works of great importance in the field of nineteenth-century working-class autobiography: John Brown’s A Memoir of Robert Blincoe; William Dodd’s A Narrative of the Experience and Sufferings of William Dodd; Ellen Johnston’s “Autobiography”; and James Myles’s Chapters in the Life of a Dundee Factory Boy.

This Broadview edition also includes a remarkably rich selection of historical documents that provide context for these works. Appendices include contemporary responses to the autobiographies, debates on factory legislation, transcripts of testimony given before parliamentary committees on child labour, and excerpts from literary works on factory life by Harriet Martineau, Frances Trollope, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, among others.

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I was looking for pictures of the Lowdham cotton mill where Robert Blincoe worked for a class presentation; but found this picture interesting depicting the factory workers during the 19th century, this seems to suffice.
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Significant NineteenthCentury Factory Legislation
John Brown A Memoir of Robert Blincoe An Orphan
James Myles Chapters in the Life of a Dundee Factory
Contemporary Perspectives on A Memoir of Robert
Contemporary Perspectives on William Dodds Nar
Contemporary Perspectives on Myless Chapters
Contemporary Perspectives on Johnstons Autobi
The Factory Girls Reply to Lines by Edith
The Last Lay of The Factory Girl
Factory Life Contemporary Views
Factory Legislation Contemporary Views
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James R. Simmons, Jr. is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana Tech University.

Janice Carlisle is Professor of English at Yale University.

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