Bruce E. Baker

Humanity in Our City — Accounts of the Laboring Poor in New Orleans, 1873

Sources describing the daily life of the laboring poor tend to be scarce in any setting, particularly before the beginning of the twentieth century when sociologists began producing detailed studies. In February and March 1873, an unknown correspondent for the New Orleans Times wrote a series of four sketches, each running to almost 4000 words, describing the lives and economics of different segments of the poor of New Orleans in the months before the Panic of 1873 rocked the economy. These accounts have been transcribed on the pages linked below


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