The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans as Told by by Hamilton Holt

By Hamilton Holt

Hamilton Holt, editor of The self sufficient, gathered those touching autobiographies of normal people--new immigrants and sharecroppers, chefs and fishermen, men and women operating in sweatshops, within the urban, and at the land. First released in 1906, and reissued a decade in the past, this new version of existence tales of Undistinguished americans is multiplied to incorporate lives Holt didn't comprise in his unique choice, in addition to a brand new preface via Werner Sollors.

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Now and then some one went down to Sparta and came home filled with its wonders, for Sparta has 15,000 inhabitants and is quite a bright little modern city, with horse cars, street gas lamps and a mayor. Narrow as our lives might be considered by Americans, STORY OF A GREEK PEDDLER 41 there was plenty to interest us in the success or failure of our crops and our little plans, and, considering matters from the standpoint of our wants and our needs, we were certainly prosperous and happy. Most of us eat only one meal a day, but it was a hearty, healthy meal, and though we knew that some of the richer people ate two, the fashion did not commend itself to us.

The man who worked at my job before the union came was getting through the year an average of $9 a week. I am getting $11. In my first job I got $5 a week. 75. It has given me more time to learn to read and speak and enjoy life like an American. M. M. and then be idle the next day. M. , and there are not so many idle days. The work is evened up. With more time and more money I live much better and I am very happy. So is Alexandr‘ia. She came a year ago and has learned to speak English already. Some of the women go to the big store the day they get here, when they have not enough sense to pick out the clothes that look right, but Alexandria waited three weeks till she knew, and so now she looks the finest of any woman in the district.

10 Bread and rolls ........................................................... 40 Canned vegetables ...................................................... 20 Potatoes ....................................................................... 10 Milk ............................................................................ 21 Fruit ............................................................................ 20 Butter .......................................................................... 15 Meat ............................................................................

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