Factory Workers Living In Poverty!!

By: Jenna Hanson Copyright 1911

Tenements

Factory workers are living in the city to be close to their jobs and also don't get paid a lot and need to have a place to live other than the streets. The apartments are 12 feet by 12 feet for a family of four to live in. This isn't enough space for a kitchen, living space, and bedrooms. In fact there are no bedrooms. The family sleeps together in the same bed or on the floor together. one toilet was provided for twenty people to share. There were no sinks. Proper ventilation wasn't provided nor waste removal. Everything was poured into the streets when the people were ready to get rid of it.

How They Got Here

Everyone in their family has a job. The father, mother, son, daughter, and even the youngest of their family. Working 12-14 hours a day and if they were lucky, some kids would attend night school and then not get any sleep and have to go back to work. Working six days a week is hard on a young child's body. Their jobs would make their fingers bleed, lose skin, or even fall off. The machines were deafening and even crucial to their lives if they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.