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Chicopee Factory Girls

Local history books give credit for the industrial success of Chicopee to the men who established and invested in the various manufacturing companies in the city.  Boston financiers were key to the development of Chicopee from an agricultural village into an industrial city with worldwide recognition as a manufacturing Mecca.  Yet, the importance of the workers who made up the backbone of the industry’s workforce, especially the role of the female cotton factory workers is often overlooked.  This section is meant to draw attention to The Factory Girls of Chicopee, Massachusetts in the early-mid 19th century.

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Joyce Shalaby