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Boarding House for Sick Factory Workers, 1912

Boarding house for sick factory workers.
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3029-78_B6_F3
 
Document Description
The middle house is a boarding house for sick factory workers, and adverstises "furnished rooms & light house keeping." The house on the right is labeled "The Franklin" and is for sale  from Ahrhart & Son, 1912.
 
Questions
What is a “furnished” room?
What does the sign mean by “lighthouse keeping”?
If you were a sick factory worker, would you like to live here? 
Why or why not?
How might a sick factory worker pay to live here?
 
Historical Challenges
Research ways factories dealt with sick and injured workers in the early 1900s. How does your school deal with sick teachers? In what ways is it easier for a teacher to miss work for being sick today than for a factory worker to miss work for being sick one hundred years ago?
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Science: What were some common diseases factory workers suffered from during the early 1900s? What sorts of illnesses keep people from going to work today?
 
Resources
Boling, Katherine. January 1905. Harcourt Children's Books, May 2004. ISBN: 0152051198
Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie. Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, September 1992. ISBN: 0140349812
Denenberg, Barry. So Far from Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (Dear America Series). Scholastic, Inc., September 1997. ISBN: 0590926675
 

Historical Context
Research ways factories dealt with sick and injured workers in the early 1900s. How does your school deal with sick teachers? In what ways is it easier for a teacher to miss work for being sick today than for a factory worker to miss work for being sick one hundred years ago?
 
Essential Question
How does industrialization change society?
 
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the affect of industrialization on these individuals.