The Standard of Living
Our Mission this week:
The Confederacy is experiencing a bit of a food shortage right now.
The North is experiencing issues with work conditions.
It's unrest everywhere
No one is happy; why?
We have a direct source from a Mrs. Roger A. Pryor, who, “remembered talking to an 18-year-old member of a mob in Richmond," who said, "As she raised her hand to remove her sunbonnet, her loose calico sleeve slipped up, and revealed a mere skeleton of an arm. She perceived my expression as I looked at it, and hastily pulled down her sleeve with a short laugh. 'This is all that's left of me!' she said. 'It seems real funny, don't it?... We are going to the bakeries and each of us will take a loaf of bread. That is little enough for the government to give after it has taken all our men.'" As you can see, the South is in turmoil! Riots are happening all over the Confederacy, with people attacking bakeries, stores, and officials' offices in order to get justice.
In the North, things aren't going as well, either. With spending on the rise, it seemed like the North should be having a grand old time. However, “the economic boom had a dark side. Wages did not keep up with prices, and many people’s standard of living declined. When white male workers went out on strike, employers hired free blacks, immigrants, women, and boys to replace them for lower pay.” Your fellow women out there are having a rough time of it, ladies.