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The Railroad Trainman's Journal is valuable to all people researching living and working conditions of our ancestors, including sociologists and geneaologists. Its detailed articles, written from a working person's perspective, cover a broad range of topics from conditions in southern textile mills to flop houses for immigrants working at Illinois Steel's South Chicago Works. The reader comes away with a vivid picture of what life was really like for many workers at the beginning of the twentieth century, and as a result we can more easily understand (in our anti-Labor era) what we seem to have forgotten about why unions were formed in the first place. A number of articles show the prejudice recent immigrants from Slavic countries faced and reveal that much of the anti-immigrant rhetoric we hear today is nothing new.