XVI-"Prisoners of Poverty: Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

XVI-"Prisoners of Poverty: Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

"Two Hospital Beds"

by: Helen Campbell | publication date: February 6, 1887 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 10

"Competition makes honesty impossible. A man would admit it to me without hesitation, but would end: ' There's no other way. Don't be a fool. You can't stand out against a system.'
"'I will stand out if it starves me,' I said. ' I will not sell my soul for any man's hire. The time is coming when this rottenness must end. Make one more to fight it now.'

Here Campbell illustrates the difficulties social reformers face through an interview with a New England man who spent many years of his life trying to improve the lot of women laborers but ended up disillusioned and poor himself.