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LBraden t1_j9xin3a wrote

A direct example I can give is one from my family during the US Civil war when cotton was stopped.

The managers of the cotton mills in the local area (and going to the same churches as their workers) decided the best option was to give each man the job of planting 5 flowers a week.

Another that happened to a neighbour of the family was that the Husband died after falling off a ladder cleaning the clock face on the market building, the children got a job as "cheer-uppers" just to bring in some extra income until they where old enough to actually work.


earthmann t1_j9yuycb wrote

Nothing ups the cheer more than a cheer-upper whose dad has just plummeted to his death.