Lyddie by Katherine Paterson Presentation by Mary Hopkins, IS 195 Lyddie, is a novel for Young Adults, written by Katherine Paterson. This book is the story of a thirteen- year-old Vermont farm girl who is forced to seek work in a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1843. Lowell, Massachusetts A Typical Textile Mill of the 19th Century Scenes from Lowell Textile Mills Child Labor in America • Do you think Lyddie’s story could have happened? • Was child labor a social problem in American during the 1800s, the time of the American Industrial Revolution? Did it affect many children? • What were conditions like for children in the mills? • Were factory girl able to better themselves, to get an education? Your task • Define the social problem: Demonstrate that Lyddie is an accurate was Child Labor a social depiction of that time. problem during the 19th Write a two-page persuasive essay arguing your points century? • Gather evidence to show that child labor was a social problem? Some places to look for information: Websites: • History.com: Child Labor • The Social Studies Help Center • TALES OF FACTORY LIFE, No. 1 [from Lowell Offering, 1841] Books • Freedman, Russell. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor. New York: Clarion, 1994. • Greene, Laura Offenhartz Greene. Child Labor: Then and Now. New York: Franklin Watts, 1992. • Robinson, J. Dennis. Striking Back: The Fight to End Child Labor Exploitation. Mankato, MN: Compass Point, 2010 • Sioux, Tracee. Immigration, Migration and the Industrial Revolution. New York: Power Kids Press, 2004. • Arnold, James R. and Roberta Weiner. The Industrial Revolution. (Ten Volume Set). Danbury, CT: Grolier, 2005.