THE SONG OF THE SHIRT
Thomas Hood (1799-1845) was a printer and engraver, as well as a writer of satiric verse. Many of his poems express the struggles of the working class, and The Song of the Shirt, published in 1843, was widely circulated to bring attention to the exploitation of workers.
My mother was a seamstress in a factory, and after school and on weekends, my sisters and I would work with her. Although our working conditions weren't as bad as in this poem . . . there are many that do fit the category in this 21st century, where women and children are still being exploited by their employers.
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