The Untold Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution (Hidden in History Series)

The Untold Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution (Hidden in History Series)

by Danielle Thorne
The Untold Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution (Hidden in History Series)

The Untold Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution (Hidden in History Series)

by Danielle Thorne


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The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries saw a period of technological, historical, and even social advancements. Men like James Hargreaves and Eli Whitney worked to make life easier for the working class, inventing machines like the spinning jenny and the cotton gin. But men weren’t the only luminaries of the Industrial Revolution: women of all ages from the joined in the revolution to further advance society.

Margaret Elizabeth Knight brought paper bags to the world, and Elizabeth Magie’s interest in politics and economics gave us the much beloved game of Monopoly. And what would we do without Tabitha Babbitt’s circular saw or Josephine Cochran’s dishwasher? In today’s modern world, we often take important inventions like these for granted, but with their female inventors, we’d be living vastly different lives.

A part of the Hidden in History series, “The Untold Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution” shares the stories of women who should be remembered for their remarkable talents, ingenious inventions, and hard work, but have been previously overshadowed and forgotten to history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620236376
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Hidden in History Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 175
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Revolution 5

Across The Pond 5

The old ways 7

The end of the cottage industry 9

The Revolution 11

Sparks In America 12

Slater the Traitor 12

The cotton gin 14

A burning fire of industry and development 15

Mother Leaves Home 18

Shameful conditions 19

Chapter 2 The Girls Of Lowell Mill 21

The Mill 22

Factory Girls 25

The long work day 26

A room and a bed 28

Women, Unite! 31

Chapter 3 Margaret Knight 37

Mattie At The Mill 37

The Folding Bag Machine 40

Patents, Plaques, And Bragging Rights 44

Chapter 4 "The Witch Of Wall Street" 47

Poor Little Rich Girl 47

Hetty 48

Hetty The Investor 51

Children and Collapse 54

The World's Greatest Miser? 56

Later life 58

The legacy 59

Chapter 5 The Woman Behind Monopoly 61

Little Lizzie 61

The Landlord's Game 64

Playing Parker Brothers 70

Chapter 6 More Ingenious Women 75

Tabitha Babbitt And The Circular Saw 75

Martha Coston Lights Up The Navy 78

Mary And The Trains 83

Josephine Cochrane's Dish Problem 87

Chapter 7 The Glittering Girls of World War I 93

Radium Rocks the World 95

Glittering Ghost Girls 96

Sickness and death 100

The Big Fight 102

One More Girl 105

Chapter 8 Fight Club 109

Unions 109

Suffrage 112

Guides and Scouts 114

Women in the Military 114

The War of Independence 115

The Civil War 116

The World Wars 118

Skirts and Politics 120

Lucretia Mott 121

Harriet Beecher Stowe 121

Dorothea Dix 123

Local and Federal Office Firsts 124

Chapter 9 Post-War Innovative Women 127

Diaper Duty 127

Bulletproof 129

The Chocolate Chip Cookie 132

Anne's Mail Order Catalog 133

Chapter 10 Heirlooms of the Industrial Age 135

Progressive Women Now 136

Tracking with Tesla 137

Alice Zhang 137

Microsoft's mathematician 138

Lori Greiner 138

Progressive power 139

The Future Looks Bright 139

Conclusion 143

Author's Note 147

Glossary 149

Bibliography 157

Index 165

About the Author 167

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