Pre-Civil War: A firsthand account of living in the city
My husband, our son and I left the rural country side and moved into the city last month. We had heard that there were great opportunities in the city and we were eager to be a part of them. However, this city life is not exactly what we expected. I have been working from dawn until dusk in the textile factory. Working conditions are rough, it is cramped, hot, and people are often hurt. My husband, son, and I all live in a one room apartment. The streets are extremely dirty, raw sewage and disease are always lingering. I hope these conditions improve soon, I don't know how long we can last.
-Leah Defigueiredo http://lincoln.georgetowncollege.edu/eighth/Northern%20Factory%20Workers%20Placard%202.pdf