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Lauren B Davis, novelist

Why having a social safety net is the right thing to do . . . The woman featured in the picture was the widow of a tailor. She sits on a stone step wearing a headscarf, a long skirt and a striped shawl. She holds a young child in her arms and is looking after it while its mother works at a nearby coffee shop.In exchange for caring for the child, the old woman will get a cup of tea and a slice of bread. circa 1876-1877

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