The Conquest of New England by the Immigrant

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CHAPTER XVI
THE TESTIMONY OF THE TOWN RECORD

A STUDY of present conditions in industrial New England will show that its communities, with few exceptions, are as much alike as the pods in a peck of peas. Some of these human clusters are large enough to be listed among the world's big cities. Others are tiny hamlets. In succeeding chapters I shall present facts and figures regarding these. What I now desire to impress upon the reader as we prepare for a hasty survey of contemporary New England, is the fact that the conditions which we shall find in particular towns which we are about to examine are not unusual. They exist in every community, whatever its size, which awakes each morning to the discordant scream of a factory whistle.

In the next few pages we shall push into streets which are replicas of the densely-thronged streets of ancient European communities. If we fail to remember that what we find therein reflects conditions elsewhere in the northeastern states of the Union, this examination will have been undertaken to no purpose.

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