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A New Nation

Working in a Factory

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation

Working in a Factory
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.89

     challenging words:    textile, mills, jobs, boring, freedom, mill, working, lived, hire, saved, thread, become, thousand, fight, dangerous, company
     content words:    United States

Working in a Factory
By Cathy Pearl

1     Factories called textile mills were starting all over the United States. Machines in the mills spun cotton fibers into thread. Then other machines used thread to make cloth. The cloth was used to make clothes of all kinds. Mill owners needed people to work in their factories. There weren't any rules about who could be hired. There were no rules about how much workers should be paid or how many hours they should work.
2     Mill owners hired a lot of women and children. The owners paid them much less than they paid men. The owners saved money if they hired more women and children. Children as young as seven years old worked in the mills. The owners of textile mills really liked to hire children. They were small enough to get around the large machines. They changed the spindles that held the thread. Sometimes the spindles were bigger than they were! There weren't any safety rules in the factories. Children were hurt and sometimes killed working in the mills. Their little hands and bodies could get caught in the machines. There wasn't anything that parents could do about it. When one child left a factory job, there was another one ready to take his or her place. Children who were working couldn't go to school. They didn't learn how to read or write. This made it hard for the children to find other jobs when they were older. Many families needed the money that the children earned. School didn't seem as important as working.
3     In 1821, a town was built in Massachusetts just for the textile factories there. When the town first started, there were very few people that lived there. In a little more than ten years, it was home to more than ten thousand people.

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