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Exploring the Dangerous Trades

Exploring the Dangerous Trades

Author: Alice Hamilton

Year Published: 1943

Description: Exploring the Dangerous Trades: The Autobiography of Alice Hamilton, M.D. chronicles the life and career of the first occupational health specialist, who was also the first female faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she taught in the late 1800s. In it, Hamilton details the appalling and often deadly conditions faced by America's workers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially poor immigrants working in factories. Hamilton's groundbreaking work had significant impact on both the public health and labor rights movements and helped shape America's modern workplaces.

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'The employers could, if they wished, shut their eyes to the dangers their workmen faced, for nobody held them responsible, while the workers accepted the risks with fatalistic submissiveness as part of the price one must pay for being poor.'

Exploring the Dangerous Trades

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