This book is a good intorduction to the modern reader of some of the problems that ordinary people faced from the 1820's to the 1890's.

The rich did pretty well, but despite many new inventions—telephone, telegraph, transcontinental railroads—-the average person had it very hard.

There was no forty hour workweek—you worked as long as your employer decreed.No OSHA to set safety standards. Admittedly there was no polluction from car exhausts; what they had instead was hundreds of horse, producing lots of manure.

Foods and medicines had no guarantee of purity or cleanliness unless you made it yourself.And this book makes clear that crime and political corruption are not just a curse of the twentieth century.

I rated this book a four; the text is really a three, but the pictures—which are repreinted from newspapaers and books of that time rate a five by me, so the average is four.

The pictures are just oustanding; the text is a little basic but does complement the pictures well.Out of print, but well worth looking for on interlibrary loan.

Recommended for anyone interested in the history of daily life in the 19th century.