This 1912 column begged young farmers to avoid the ‘seething slums’

Let’s journey back 100 years, when poverty existed only in cities — at least, according to this vintage Munsey’s Magazine column. The Post published the aggressively Pro-Country piece in 1912:

“Let the farm lad who dreams of the ‘opportunities’ of the city think twice — yes, thrice — before he yields to the lure of the crowded market place. Will money — even if he can succeed in grasping it — repay him for leaving the healthier and more independent life of the country, with its freedom from fear of the squalid poverty so hideously in evidence in our seething slums?”

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This columnist might have preferred country living.
Danielle Paquette is a reporter covering the intersection of people and policy. She’s from Indianapolis and previously worked for the Tampa Bay Times. Follow her on Twitter: @Dpaqreport.
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