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. 

This distur…

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