• Marie Lingier (Belgian) in the Prospect Mill, Lawrence, Mass.

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    Marie Lingier (Belgian) in the Prospect Mill, Lawrence, Mass.
    • Date
    • 1910
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    • Exhibited: "Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History" Digital Public Library of America online exhibition.
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  • Female Worker in the Wood Mill, 1911.

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    Female Worker in the Wood Mill, 1911
    • Date
    • 1911
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  • Multilingual poster, "WARNING! Do not drink this canal water - it will make you sick." It was normal for mill workers to be required to pay as much as 10 cents for water  while at work that was taken directly from the canal.

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    A multilingual poster, "WARNING! Do not drink this canal water - it will make you sick."
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    • 1912
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    • A multilingual poster, "WARNING! Do not drink this canal water - it will make you sick. Title from item. Exhibited: "Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History" Digital Public Library of America ... more
      A multilingual poster, "WARNING! Do not drink this canal water - it will make you sick. Title from item. Exhibited: "Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History" Digital Public Library of America online exhibition. It was normal for mill workers to be required to pay as much as 10 cents for water while at work that was taken directly from the canal. less
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  • Washington Mill Carpenter Shop, 1911.

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    Washington Mill Carpenter Shop, 1911
    • Date
    • 1911
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    • Washington Mill carpenter shop, 1911. Title from item. Exhibited: "Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History" Digital Public Library of America online exhibition.
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    • Lawrence History Center

“A considerable number of the boys and girls die within the first two or three years after beginning work,” wrote Dr. Elizabeth Shapleigh, a Lawrence physician. “Thirty-six 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.”

Spinners worked in extremely damp and humid rooms and were vulnerable to tuberculosis and pneumonia. In the years before the 1912 strike, one third of Lawrence’s spinners would die before they had worked ten years, and half of these would never reach the age of 25.