Lowell Mills and the Cult of True Womanhood. Advanced Placement U.S. History. During the period 1820-1860 the U.S. was undergoing rapid and dramatic change. This caused a great deal of fear among many Americans that felt society itself was at risk. THE PROBLEM. Changes taking place….
The disintegration of the family
The changes in women’s roles
The endangerment of society itself
Women would take on the important task of raising children to be responsible citizens who possessed civic virtue and other virtues necessary for success in the newly independent nation.
The result of this was to reduce the variety of roles open to women and to limit the proper place of women to the home
If a young, unmarried woman went to work in a factory far away from her parents’ farm, would she still be respectable?
Where would she live?
Who would protect her?Women’s place