Manchester and Chicago – the 'battering rams of modernity'
A new book explores the importance of cities
By Alistair Kleebauer
The six-year-old girl worked from five in the morning until nine at night in a dust-filled room. She understood very well that if she flagged, she would be hit with a strap. Her work lifting baskets gradually pulled her bones out of place and by age 13 it had deformed her body so much that she had to go to the poorhouse.