Inefficiency was one of the most compelling stories in the People of the Abyss. The story relates an argument between two low class workers in the Whitechapel district.  The men are arguing about Jewish immigrants taking their jobs. I find it compelling because we are living in those same times. We are now arguing about Mexican immigration and the cheap labor they provide, as the men in London were arguing about cheap Jewish labor. Another thing that stood out to me that was these workers were willing to to work extremely hard for almost nothing, when in America, as the story says, the extremely poor people would rather bum for their food and shelter than to put in a hard days work. The East End of London was overrun with crime and poverty, so a story that shows the same struggles that are dealt with over one hundred years later stands out in my mind.


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