To Work in the Mills? (Keene, 1845)

A farm family debates sending their youngest daughter to work in the mills…

Originally published in Monadnock History Comics (Keene Sentinel, 2005)

Discussion questions: 

  • Why do Lucy and her mother think that working in the mills would be a good idea?
  • Why does her father oppose the job?
  • What clues tell us that life is hard on the small farm owned by Lucy’s family?
  • The mill shown in the last panel is the Faulkner-Colony Mill in Keene. What does this building look like now?  What kind of business (or businesses) are there in the building?

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