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During the colonial era, nearly all manufacturing was done in the home, often by highly-skilled women laborers. The production of textiles was the nearly exclusive province of women working in the home, who supervised the labor of men and boys, painstakingly prepared the raw flax, hemp, and wool, and spun the wool into finished cloth on the large spinning wheels found in many colonial homes.

Source | Isaiah Thomas, "Spinner," woodcut, from Mother Goose's Melody, or Songs for the Cradle, 1794.
Creator | Isaiah Thomas
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | Isaiah Thomas, “Spinner,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 4, 2023,

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