Archive | November, 2014

Rose Wood | St. Jessica: Protector of Skinny Schoolgirls

THAT HURRICANE SEPTEMBER had started like every school day of every school year of our lives: Mom rousting Julian and me by breezing into our upstairs bedroom singing “Rise and shine,” a phrase that was all the more annoying because of her good cheer. She’d slide open the louvered doors of our closet and pull out clothes, hold them up briefly for our approval, then order us out of bed […]

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Holly Guran | It says

  new   young it says    very bright beauty and logo brand    wear it let it show be labeled new    young   it says   dark    shiny newly polished upholstery smell still fresh outgassing plastic   it says Sears Walmart Disney   it says sewing machines lined up      dead gray with ash factory floor fading shades like dirty snow   it says locked in it says smoke    bodies gray stretchers carried out […]

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Holly Guran | The Committee Responds to Petitions for the Ten-Hour Day, 1845

Based on Massachusetts House Document no. 50   We gathered many facts in relation to the Hours of Labor. The average each day in the Lowell mills—twelve and a half.   Sarah Bagley works by the piece. Chief evil: shortness of time for meals. Next evil: no time to cultivate the mind.   Dr. Wells, city physician found less sickness here than elsewhere, fewer dying in Lowell this year than […]

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Holly Guran | Regulations

Regulations                 Lawrence Manufacturing Company, 1833   No one may be dishonest, dissolute, indolent. All must refrain from ardent spirit, gambling, any desire to smoke Egyptian cigarettes. Fire we must prevent.   From public worship, no one may be absent. All must obey Sabbath rules, this we require. No one may be dishonest, dissolute, indolent.   For advice, those far from parents may apply to the Agent. To the utmost […]

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