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Primary Source Exercise Chapter 12

Which statement below explains one of the most significant changes in Americans’ work life that occurred as a result of industrialization?
Large numbers of people were working in close proximity to each other for hours at a time.
Who is Harriet Robinson’s audience for her essay?
labor and women activists of the mid-nineteenth century and anyone who would be interested in the early days of the industrial revolution
Which statement below best explains why Thoreau felt compelled to “confront his essential nature”?
The modern world seemed to be separating men from really living. The natural world and man’s true place within it were made distant by modern conveniences and distractions. He was on a spiritual quest to find the core meaning of his existence.
Explain how these two readings work together to help provide a picture of how Americans responded to the dramatic changes that were taking place during the first half of the nineteenth century.
The first reading talks about mill-girls. How they work about 10 months a year to earn money for the boys in their family or even a friend in hopes that they can put them in school so they can be educated. The women barely got paid for the work they did. Most of the time they only got paid about a dollor a week. Later in the passage it explains how women now have a money value and was not more recognized. In the second reading was from the book Walkden by Henry David Thoreau. Both readings worked together to help provide a picture of how Americans responded to the dramatic changes that were taking place during the first half of the nineteenth century was because of women. Without women these dramatic changes would not have happened without them.

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