VOICES FROM THE PAST
Eyewitness Writings of Antebellum Times
Excerpt from "Two Wars"
The superabundance of the necessaries of life at that period can scarcely be realized now, and every one fared sumptuously, and nearly all alike.
I have given these minute details of the manner in which the people lived in New Jersey and adjoining States in the olden times, "when the richest were poor and the poorest had abundance," to show you how well they lived, how comfortably clad, and how content they were in the days when trusts, combines, and protective tariffs were unknown, and no great corporations existed. To-day (1895) these great combines have destroyed individual competition, and impoverished more than half the entire population of the country and reduced it to rigidity of hours and the slavery of wages. They control legislation, corrupt the courts, subsidize the press, maintain advocates in the pulpits, and this will estrange the poor from the rich more widely than the peasant from the prince…"·
Tip of the Day
Mosquitoes don't like catnip. Plant some by your front and back doors to keep them out of the house. Rub the leaves on your exposed skin and they will stay off of you. And your cats will love you.