Life in the Iron Mills or The Korl Woman
Author: Rebecca Harding Davis
Year Published: 1861
Description: Originally published anonymously in Atlantic Monthly, Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills; or, the Korl Woman, portrayed in vivid detail the desolate lives of workers in America’s factories and mills in the mid-19th century. It was inspired by Davis’s time living in industrial Wheeling, West Virginia and is one of several works written by her that called attention to the plight of and advocated for social action to aid America’s working poor, especially women, immigrants and other marginalized populations.
- Public Submission
'Not many even of the inhabitants of a manufacturing town know the vast machinery of system by which the bodies of workmen are governed, that goes on unceasingly from year to year.'
Life in the Iron Mills