American life in 1914: How we lived a century ago

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Anonymous

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#1 Jan 2, 2014
http://www.timesunion.com/life/slideshow/Amer...
The most striking one(s) to me are all the ones of child labor...it is just horrible, the conditions these children had to endure, and the long work hours...that's just horrible.

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Nehwon

#2 Jan 5, 2014
Judging by pic 59, I'd almost say you had to have a pretty good mustache to immigrate...

http://www.timesunion.com/life/slideshow/Amer...
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#3 Jan 5, 2014
I think those guys are Italian...I don't exactly know though.

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#4 Jan 5, 2014
Man, I wish I was born 80+ years earlier.

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#5 Jan 5, 2014
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http://www.timesunion.com/life /slideshow/American-life-in-19 14-How-we-lived-a-century-ago- 76364/photo-5616136.php
The most striking one(s) to me are all the ones of child labor...it is just horrible, the conditions these children had to endure, and the long work hours...that's just horrible.
I don't know that I agree with that. Granted, the conditions were horrid and unsafe; but; I think we as a nation have disrespected our youth by making life too easy these days.
I see a tremendous difference in ambition, problem solving and fortitude in people from the generation before mine, and this new one.
My brothers, sisters and I all worked hard before and after school to help our family. The youngest had simple chores to help our mom. Those of us not yet in our teens were expected to contribute to our own wants. We had clean clothes and food on the table, but if we wanted more we earned it. This brings back to the kids working in factories etc. Not such a bad thing, I say, to learn a skilled trade at a young age.

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#6 Jan 5, 2014
SUJ wrote:
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I don't know that I agree with that. Granted, the conditions were horrid and unsafe; but; I think we as a nation have disrespected our youth by making life too easy these days.
I see a tremendous difference in ambition, problem solving and fortitude in people from the generation before mine, and this new one.
My brothers, sisters and I all worked hard before and after school to help our family. The youngest had simple chores to help our mom. Those of us not yet in our teens were expected to contribute to our own wants. We had clean clothes and food on the table, but if we wanted more we earned it. This brings back to the kids working in factories etc. Not such a bad thing, I say, to learn a skilled trade at a young age.
Agreed!

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#8 Jan 5, 2014
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<quoted text>So, you're saying the American dream was fun while it lasted but impractical? All our hard work and advertising was for naught? Arbeit macht frie?
The American Dream was killed when we were forced to sell it, in order to pay the taxes on it.

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#10 Jan 5, 2014
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<quoted text>So, you're saying the American dream was fun while it lasted but impractical? All our hard work and advertising was for naught? Arbeit macht frie?
No. I said that IMO learning a life skill at an early age gives one an advantage.
I learned to mix and pour cement from my eldest brother.
I learned to build a cinder block fence and playhouse from my dad. An uncle taught me how to hunt, skin out and salt prep meat and hides. I learned to sew quilts from an aunt, and bake from my grandmother. When I was 20 I assisted in the birthing of my first niece. All of these skills have come handy for me during hard times. They got me employment in fields that women seldom are considered for. I got college credit (Called life credit) for a few of them.
I know there is nothing I can not learn to do. Well, except for knowing what those last three words are in your post. ;)

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No. I said that IMO learning a life skill at an early age gives one an advantage.
I learned to mix and pour cement from my eldest brother.
I learned to build a cinder block fence and playhouse from my dad. An uncle taught me how to hunt, skin out and salt prep meat and hides. I learned to sew quilts from an aunt, and bake from my grandmother. When I was 20 I assisted in the birthing of my first niece. All of these skills have come handy for me during hard times. They got me employment in fields that women seldom are considered for. I got college credit (Called life credit) for a few of them.
I know there is nothing I can not learn to do. Well, except for knowing what those last three words are in your post. ;)
It is German for "work makes free" (work makes you free).
It was a Nazi slogan in Concentration camps. He's trying to be clever.

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#12 Jan 5, 2014
FTW Yall wrote:
<quoted text>It is German for "work makes free" (work makes you free).
It was a Nazi slogan in Concentration camps. He's trying to be clever.
TY :)

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#13 Jan 5, 2014
FTW Yall wrote:
<quoted text>It is German for "work makes free" (work makes you free).
It was a Nazi slogan in Concentration camps. He's trying to be clever.
Actually it was on the entrance gate to Auschwitz...
A thought

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#14 Jan 5, 2014
SUJ wrote:
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No. I said that IMO learning a life skill at an early age gives one an advantage.
I learned to mix and pour cement from my eldest brother.
I learned to build a cinder block fence and playhouse from my dad. An uncle taught me how to hunt, skin out and salt prep meat and hides. I learned to sew quilts from an aunt, and bake from my grandmother. When I was 20 I assisted in the birthing of my first niece. All of these skills have come handy for me during hard times. They got me employment in fields that women seldom are considered for. I got college credit (Called life credit) for a few of them.
I know there is nothing I can not learn to do. Well, except for knowing what those last three words are in your post. ;)
That's all well and good for you and others and that IS an option available to anyone. However, it should not be policy for the entire country. We need schools, roads, libraries and the like AND childhoods of joy and learning for our children. That's the American dream.
O Mygosh

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#15 Jan 5, 2014
A thought wrote:
<quoted text>That's all well and good for you and others and that IS an option available to anyone. However, it should not be policy for the entire country. We need schools, roads, libraries and the like AND childhoods of joy and learning for our children. That's the American dream.
Himmler?????

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#16 Jan 5, 2014
A thought wrote:
<quoted text>That's all well and good for you and others and that IS an option available to anyone. However, it should not be policy for the entire country. We need schools, roads, libraries and the like AND childhoods of joy and learning for our children. That's the American dream.
Nobodies arguing that. Kids need to be structured and instilled with common skills and work ethics too. We focus too much on that whole joy these days. Kids are grown to be soft and naive, we need to start toughening them up a bit again.
Again, this is the plan. Start with the schools and try to get children away from the family unit and into state control. You instill them when they are young.

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#17 Jan 5, 2014
Lil function is and does well in a structured environment and I can't do it any other way! If it's not structured then I start going OCD and it becomes shameful! And I don't hesitate to jerk a knot in him when need be!

Thank you!
Anonymous

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#18 Jan 5, 2014
Hey y'all I'm back...you guys still arguing?

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#19 Jan 5, 2014
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Lil function is and does well in a structured environment and I can't do it any other way! If it's not structured then I start going OCD and it becomes shameful! And I don't hesitate to jerk a knot in him when need be!
Thank you!
You "jerk a knot" in " Lil' function"?? That's disgusting!

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I wasn't living Back then,


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FTW Yall wrote:
<quoted text>You "jerk a knot" in " Lil' function"?? That's disgusting!
No, it's not! He is a well mannered young man and he doesn't back talk and I believe in laying down the foundation (law) in an early age! Some parent's don't give a crap and let their chillins run amuck!

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#22 Jan 5, 2014
Spirit67_ wrote:
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No, it's not! He is a well mannered young man and he doesn't back talk and I believe in laying down the foundation (law) in an early age! Some parent's don't give a crap and let their chillins run amuck!
So you believe in "laying down" "lil function" and " jerking his knot" at an early age?? 8(
You're sick.

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