XVII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times

XVII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times

Their Condition in the Shoe Shops as Described by "The Times" Lady Reporter. Little Heroines Who Work For Three Meals, a Roof at Night, and Their Carfare.

by: Nell Nelson | publication date: August 15, 1888 | Publication: Chicago Times | pages: 1-2

In all this wide, weary, work-a-day world there is not a better, brighter, nobler girl than the one who stitches, lines, binds, and vamps your slippers and shoes.  She is a heroine if there ever was one outside of a civil or religious war.  She knows nothing of self-love, nothing of fear, and nothing of her own just rights.  Her life is made up of years of toil, months of privation, and weeks of struggling and striving to keep up with the rushing throng ravenous for her bread and envious of her miserable position.  She works from dawn almost to dusk, carrying every dollar of her earnings to some wretched home in which abide parents, brothers, and sisters often, too, relatives having absolutely no claim on her, none of whom lover her and none of whom show by word, ast, or deed that her generosity, goodness, and real nobility of soul is appreciated.

"Nell Nelson" goes to a shoe factory and examines the working conditions of young girls working to support their families on low wages.

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