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University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell, MA 01854-2827)
Sheila Kirschbaum (Project Director: February 2018 to present)
Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience

Two one-week workshops for 72 school teachers on nineteenth-century Lowell, MA, as a site of the Industrial Revolution.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell's College of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, proposes to engage educators in a study of Lowell's textile industry as a case study of early 19th-century industrialization and reform. We use the resources of the Park and other cultural/historical sites to address changes in work, society, culture, and the environment between 1820 and 1860, as well as subsequent reform activity related to labor, women's rights, and slavery. Lowell, the first planned industrial city in the U.S., formed the template for later industrial cities and provides an ideal setting for historical inquiry. Educators investigate history where it happened and learn how to teach with primary sources, artifacts, and historic sites in their own communities. The workshops combine lectures, discussion, hands-on and field investigations, dramatic presentations, and close examination of primary, secondary, and literary sources.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

$164,666 (approved)
$164,666 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 12/31/2019