Something you may not have known: The Penny Savings Bank
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RUN MARION RUN!!!!!!
“The workers simply traded back-breaking work under a broiling sun for an even longer workday toiling in the bowels of steel smelting factories.” This makes it sound like a zero-sum game. The difference was that they were paid and could quit the steel mill or coal mine if they found a better job, just like their Irish, Italian, Hungarian, German, and Polish coworkers. In the early 1900’s, 71% of steelworkers earned $2.50 or less per day and about 23 per cent earned between $2.51 to $5.00 per day. Few people had fun at work and none came to work in pajamas. https://archive.org/details/steelworkers00fitcrich/page/n9/mode/2up?view=theater
Unfortunate that city Augusta finds itself in a terrible disarray.