William Wyckoff's "The Workers: An Experiment in Reality"

William Wyckoff's "The Workers: An Experiment in Reality"

Author: 
William Wyckoff

A Princeton University lecturer in sociology goes to work as a day-laborer at West Point, as a hotel porter, as a hired man at an asylum, as a farm hand, and in a logging camp to learn firsthand how the other half worked.

Book Excerpt: 
"One radiant Sunday morning in midsummer there came to me from his [Channing Meek's] talk so strong a suggestion of the means of acquiring the practical knowledge that I lacked, and in a way that gave promise of an experiment so interesting, and of such high possibility of successful treatment that in that hour I knew that I was pledged to its undertaking. . . . It only remains to say with reference to my attitude in the experiment itself, that I entered upon it with no theories to establish and no conscious preconceptions to maintain. As sincerely as I could, I wished my mind to be a tabula rasa to new facts, and sensitive to the impressions of actual experience."
Year of Publication: 
Fri, 1897-01-01
Rights Information: 
Public domain.
City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
Charles Scribner's Sons