Mill workers of 19th-century England often lived in harsh, unhealthy situations, full of squalor or dirtiness. Crowded lodgings held large, barely-nourished families whose lives included disease, hunger, and filthy surroundings—all the conditions that go with squalor. Some mill owners addressed the squalor or unhealthy living conditions of these workers by paying livable wages, while others avoided the desperation around them by merely hiring new workers when other wretched employees died.
Quiz: Which of the following quotes describes someone’s living in squalor?
- “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”—Albert Einstein
- “When I was poor living in a garage in Kansas I began to draw the mice that scampered over my desk."—Walt Disney
- “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.