Reaction: "Prisoners of Poverty" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

Reaction: "Prisoners of Poverty" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

"Incredible Cruelty, The Manufacturer's Side; An Angel in Disguise"

by: | publication date: February 2, 1887 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 7

From the Cloak, Suit and Ladies' wear Review: "A few Sundays ago the "Evolution of a Jacket" was narrated - a tale of the direst poverty and the hardest kind of a struggle for existence. How the conditions of the people described is to be ameliorated we do not know; it is a question that deserves the attention of philanthropists and political economists. It is only fair, however, that the side of the manufacturers should be given against whom a feeling seems to be entertained that they really are to blame for all the poverty and distress of the people employed to make the garments.

These articles are from local papers reacting to Campbell's "Prisoners of Poverty" series in the New York Tribune. "Incredible Cruelty," originally published in the New-York Evangelist, decries the working conditions endured by New York's poorest. On the other hand, "The Manufacturer's Side," published in Cloak, Suit and Ladies' wear Review, say that manufacturers, just like any other businessman, seek only to make a profit on their capital and are slaves themselves to the laws of supply and demand. This article also includes clippings from the Rochester Post-Express and the Boston Herald.