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This is from a collection of manuscripts—mostly class papers— written while Davis was a student at Harvard Divinity School, 1902-1904. This manuscript was for his Philosophy V class taken during the Fall 1902 semester.

This paper discusses the problematic conditions of tenement housing in cities, with a proposal to relieve congestion by moving manufacturing -- and housing -- to the country. There is detailed discussion of the CP Talbot Woolen Mills in North Billerica, Massachuesetts, along with extensive discussion of company-provided housing. Davis sees much benefit in this country location, and the housing opportunities it affords, over urban locations.

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Earl Clement Davis, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, housing, poverty, Harvard University

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Philosophy V: The Country Manufacturing Plant: A Solution to One Aspect of Housing the Poor



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