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In 1845, Benjamin Disraeli described the difference between rich and poor in England as "two nations between whom there is no contact and no sympathy; we are as ignorant of each other's feelings as if we were dwellers in different zones or different planets." (From "Sybil", subtitled "The Two Nations" in which the exploitation of workers by an uncaring and unscrupulous factory owner causes them to rise up against him.) Disraeli warned his readers that he was not exaggerating the scenes he described as they were written from his own observations. Mine, factory and mill owners frequently owned the slum housing their workers lived in and the company shop where they were forced to buy their food on account of their wages.


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