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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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A Poorhouse in Each New England State

The poorhouse was once a very real and often feared part of life in New England. Poorhouses evolved from the English poor laws of the 16th and 17th centuries. They required the community, most often the town, to take responsibility ...

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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. They turned them into mad hatters with symptoms known as the Danbury shakes. Hat makers used mercuric nitrate to make hats. Many developed mercury poisoning, manifested ...

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