Life in the Iron Mills

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-08-15
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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This edition reprints the text of Rebecca Harding Davis'sLife in the Iron Millstogether with a broad selection of thematically arranged historical and cultural documents that open up the novella to the consideration of a range of social and cultural issues vital to Davis's ninteenth century. Special attention is given to nineteenth century American discussions of work and social class, moral and social reform, the development of American art and industry, and the position of the woman writer. A general introduction providing historical and cultural background, a chronology of Davis's life and times, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes, extensive annotations, a generous selection of illustrations, and a selected bibliography make this volume the definitive scholarly edition of this classic work of industrial fiction.

Table of Contents

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Life in the Iron-Mills: The Complete Textp. 1
Life in the Iron-Mills: Cultural Contextsp. 75
Work and Classp. 77
"The Village Blacksmith"p. 83
"That Aristocracy May Be Engendered by Manufactures"p. 85
"Iron Interests of Wheeling"p. 88
"Pittsburg"p. 92
Senate Testimony from Iron Foundry Proprietorp. 97
Senate Testimony from Iron Puddler and Union Leaderp. 103
Senate Testimony from Workers of Colorp. 114
Senate Testimony from Grand Secretary of the Knights of Laborp. 123
"March of the Rolling-Mill Men" (song)p. 131
"The Shoofly" (song)p. 133
"A Song for Occupations"p. 136
From "A Rhymed Lesson"p. 143
"Without and Within"p. 146
From The Gospel of Wealthp. 147
"Sewing Machines"p. 156
"The Working-Girls of New York"p. 157
From Loom and Spindlep. 159
"Factory Life - Romance and Reality"p. 169
"My Experience as a Factory Operative"p. 172
"Factory Girl's Reverie"p. 174
"The Tartarus of Maids"p. 176
Social Reform and the Promise of the Dawnp. 203
From "The Laboring Classes"p. 209
From "American Civilization"p. 220
"Practical Hints"p. 221
From The Dangerous Classes of New Yorkp. 226
"In Soho on Saturday Night" (song)p. 244
"Perils - Immigration"p. 246
"The Anglo-Saxon and the World's Future"p. 250
Senate Testimony on the Kitchen Garden Movementp. 255
From Ten Nights in a Bar-Roomp. 259
"The Quaker of the Olden Time"p. 271
"The Quaker Settlement" (From Uncle Tom's Cabin)p. 272
From Looking Backward: 2000-1887p. 274
Art and Artistsp. 293
"An Inquiry into the Art-Conditions and Prospects of America"p. 299
From Art Thoughtsp. 303
"Hints to American Artists"p. 308
From Conversations in a Studiop. 312
"The Stewart Art Gallery"p. 315
"The Process of Sculpture"p. 317
"The Greek Slave"p. 319
"A Sculptor's Studio" (From The Marble Faun)p. 320
From Roderick Hudsonp. 326
Senate Testimony on the Arts and Art Education in the United Statesp. 334
Senate Testimony on Industrial Art Schools for Womenp. 337
Women and Writing: The Public Platformp. 357
Letter to George D. Ticknorp. 363
From "The Great Lawsuit"p. 365
From St. Elmop. 372
"Literary Women"p. 384
From Ruth Hallp. 393
From A New England Girlhoodp. 396
From Little Womenp. 408
From Life and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowep. 424
Bibliographyp. 428
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