While commenting on the truth that “there is an effort to inflame the minds of the working classes against the more opulent”,  and concerned that there be no violence, he…

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1831 Working Class Issues

A letter to the Editor,  from  “W” makes a strong statement that the conditions of the working class merit a dedication to change as much as the condition of the…

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1831 Working Class Issues

An item from the N. E. Baptist Register,  titled Religion Among the Poor:  here is an affirmation of the fidelity of poor people to the religion of Jesus Christ.  “The…

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July 15, 1842 Here is an “Interesting Letter from England”, signed only W.H.Ashurst, from Musell Hill, Hornsey, April 30, 1842 The letter makes a number of points: “We are struggling…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1842 Chapman, Maria Weston Mott, Lucretia Non-Resistance Prejudice Working Class Issues

July 22, 1842 A brief note:  “We understand that two or more of the mills at Lowell have been stopped, and that between two and three thousand factory girls are…

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February 16, 1844 Addressed to Rev. Orville Dewey, D.D., Smith responds to a lecture in which Dewey has asserted that emancipated blacks in free states are worse off than the slaves…

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March 26, 1847 From Thomas Ingersoll, Westfield, Chaut. Co. N .Y.   “I have seen the slavery of the South, and the slavery of the North; and, sir, I find little…

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April 23, 1847 Here William West, writing for Boston, April 5, addressed to WLG, calling for greater attention to the evils of wages slavery.  The root of the problem is…

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May 26, 1848 An article telling of a meeting at Faneuil Hall, largely attended, ” to sympathize with the European Revolution and express the sentiments of the laboring class in…

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October 26, 1849 The article, with the above title, is from “The New York correspondent of the Washington Union.”  Without including the statistics used to advance the author’s argument, here…

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January 10, 1851 An Appeal and Remonstrance, To the Working Men of America who are invested with the Elective Franchise.   A long letter, concluding with, “We call upon you, by…

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August 20, 1852 A letter to Garrison, from Sarah D. Fish, Rochester, calls for attention to the ways in which domestic servants are mistreated. After recounting the many groups of…

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April 28, 1854 Rev. John T. Sargent, of Boston, writes to call attention to readers the plight of young girls on the streets of the city, and he appeals for…

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January 6, 1860 Derived from the New York Independent, here is the story of James Power, a native of Wexford, Ireland, twenty-three years of age, a stone-cutter by trade. He…

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1860 Working Class Issues

1860 Working Class Issues

January 30, 1863 Here is a petition, addressed to the General Court of Massachusetts. An introduction says, “we publish it with the hope that it may be circulated extensively for…

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1863 Petition Drives Working Class Issues

Here is an article telling of a meeting at Faneuil Hall, largely attended, “to sympathize with the European Revolution and express the sentiments  of the laboring class in regard to…

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