The Abolitionist Movement and Lowell’s Mechanics Hall
In the early 1800s, Lowell was a city torn between the abolitionist movement and slavery. The Cotton Mills generated a great profit for the city. Without slavery and the plantations in the south, the economic stability of the City of Lowell could be harmed. However, the economic success of the city was not the only motivating factor for the community, the community was reckoning with its moral code by enabling and profiting from slavery.