To start, A home is something very vital and essential for the comfort of people where they could relieve themselves from stress and mental illness. Between the years of 1870-1920, many workers didn’t have a very suitable home in which they lived in. A good majority of the working men had no other choice to live in working-class slums which were located in downtown cities; the most notable ones were the slums in Montreal and Toronto or the one in Winnipeg consisting many east European men. Many men and people had no other choice but to accept these locations due to the income they would receive and the lack of housing at the time. These working-class slums were classified as living hell for many people. Overcrowding was a severe problem within these slums, as the primary objective of the city was to fit in as many people as possible. This overcrowding led to making the standard of living terrible for the working class men living here as diseases would spread more rapidly, and fewer than half of houses in the slums didn’t have clean drinking water. The slums were also known to have no sewage systems, and human waste would be seen everywhere leaving a strong odour that would creek around the town. This would be an extremely harmful effect physically and mentally after men would come home from work after long hours at the job to a house which is almost destroyed and not suitable for humans to live. A quote from Rutherford’s book perfectly sums up the idea of slums within Canada, “these slums were “cancerous sores” on the body politic, “sources of bacteria” spreading disease, crime, and discontent throughout the city. They menaced the moral and physical character of Canadian manhood and thus the racial future of the whole nation.” The slums were also dangerous for other working men within the job sites because many men would pick up dreadful diseases and eventually go to work bringing the virus to more men within the workforce. Also, when these men got sick, they could not afford to stay home and avoid work due to the money they needed for them to survive and their families even though it was already little.
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