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Rudimentary Statistics Comparison of labor statistics over time is far too complex a subject to tackle here, but some points can be made. Manual or unskilled laborers were those who dug ditches, worked on farms, and took on any work … Continue reading

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Gay Culture in 19th Century New York City

There was a fairly open gay culture in Manhattan in the last decades of the 19th century, including¬† private clubs where men could openly solicit the company of other men. A 2012 weblog post at The Art of Manliness provides … Continue reading

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The government of the city knew about the connection between poor health and poverty, and they knew too that the biggest part of the problem was the unsanitary conditions in tenement districts where almost all newly arrived immigrants found themselves.¬†As … Continue reading

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