Quotation by Frances Trollope

... it is more than petty treason to the Republic, to call a free citizen a servant. The whole class of young women, whose bread depends upon their labour, are taught to believe that the most abject poverty is preferable to domestic service. Hundreds of half-naked girls work in the paper-mills, or in any other manufactory, for less than half the wages they would receive in service; but they think their equality is compromised by the latter, and nothing but the wish to obtain some particular article of finery will ever induce them to submit to it.
Frances Trollope (1780–1863), British author. Domestic Manners of the Americans, ch. 6 (1832).

Trollope had recently travelled extensively in the United States, to which she was referring here.
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