Sarah Bagley to Angelique Martin

Creator: Sarah Bagley

Context: Sarah Bagley was a leader of the female workers at the Lowell mills during the 1840s. These women were trying to impose a 10-hour workday in the factories at a time when there was no set limit as to how long workers could be kept on the job.

Audience: Angelique Martin, a reformer who was attempting to interest Bagley and the other Lowell workers in the subject of women's rights.

Purpose: To express her frustrations at the poor treatment received by women both at the Lowell mills and in American society at large.

Historical Significance: This letter reveals some of the early concerns that led to the growth of both the women's rights movement and the labor movement in the United States.