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Marriage often represented the only path toward middle-class respectability for poor and working-class women. When marriage failed, for whatever reason, women were left with few choices. Mrs. O’Donnell was a widowed mill worker who was also a midwife. Though remarried since her first husband’s death, her new husband did not contribute to her welfare.

[Inspector of Police. Correspondence, 1898-1913]

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