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Six Places Workers Were Killed in New England

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Over the course of New England history many thousands of workers were killed on the job. Some, like Vermont quarry workers, died a slow death from silicosis. Others, like Connecticut munitions workers, were killed suddenly in violent explosions. Carelessness killed ...

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The Mad Hatters of Danbury, Conn.

The 19th-century hat factories of Danbury, Conn., made physical wrecks of thousands of workers, turning them into mad hatters with symptoms known as the Danbury shakes. The environmental mess left behind by the hat factories is still being cleaned up. ...

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6 Working Class Heroes Memorialized

New England’s working class heroes occupy far less space on commons and greens than soldiers and politicians. Few were laid to rest in lavish mausoleums. Police officers and firefighters are sometimes recognized for dying in the line of duty, but ...

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