United States History Question of the Day Answer & Explanation

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Waltham (Lowell) System


The Waltham System brought a new labor
system to American industrial life
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Question 1254:

The Waltham (or Lowell) System mainly employed which of the following in factory work?

A) former slaves
B) Irish and German immigrants
C) young single women
D) apprentices
E) children


Answer
: C) young single women

Explanation: The Waltham (or Lowell) System brought young single women to factory towns throughout New England in the early 19th century and provided housing, religious instruction, and employment. Eventually immigrant laborers replaced the young women in most factories.


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