Workers Rights

  • First Factory Established

    First Factory Established
    Samuel Slater established a European style factory in America
  • Paterson Begins Industrial Path

    Paterson, a New Jersey city, opened its first mill and began the path to becoming the biggest industrial city in the U.S. Women and men flock to factories to earn money, the women at reduced cost.
  • Paterson Becomes Known as the "Cotton Town of the U.S."

  • First Strike

    First Strike
    Paterson cotton mill workers go on strike due to the lunch hours.
  • Factory Act Passes

    Factory Act Passes
    Prevented some child labor. Though a break through at the time, today it would be seen as immoral.
  • Factory Act of 1844

    Factory Act of 1844
    Reduced amount of time women and children could work in a textile factory.
  • Factory Law of 1847

    Factory Law of 1847
    Law states women and children cannot work in textile factories for more than 10 hours a day.
  • First Women's Rights Convention

    First Women's Rights Convention
    Many women who had worked like men in factories for the first time. They were instead pursuing careers which brought another reason for women's rights
  • Factory Act of 1867

    Factory Act of 1867
    The law previously only applying to textile factories now applies to all factories.
  • Homestead Steel Strike Ends

    Homestead Steel Strike Ends
    The Homestead Steel Strike in Pennsylvania brought an extremely violent strike regarding pay. It ended with Henry Clay Frick, a manager of the company, getting shot twice and surviving.