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Life in the Iron-Mills
Rebecca Harding Davis
Project Gutenberg
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"Life in the Iron Mills; or, the Korl Woman" (1861) is a short story (or novella) by Rebecca Harding Davis set in the factory world of the nineteenth century. It is one of the earliest American realist works, and is an important text for those who study labor and women's issues. It was immediately recognized as an innovative work, and introduced American readers to "the bleak lives of industrial workers in the mills and factories of the nation."