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The Murder of Mary Bean

Spinning Room of Pepperell Mills, Biddeford, 1910

Spinning Room of Pepperell Mills, Biddeford, 1910

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McArthur Public Library

Berengera worked in the carding room of the Amoskeag mill in Manchester, New Hampshire, putting in 12-hour days and earning on average $3.25 per week.

Despite the long days, textile operatives enjoyed many evening activities including shopping, exhibitions, lectures, and strolling along the factory canals.

In the early summer of 1849, Caswell met a young machine operative named William Long. Their relationship became intimate over the summer – a behavior of which middle class moralists highly disapproved.


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