“The capital of the poor man” is a series of historical examinations by Brad MacGowan that will be published to the web as they are written. At this time, the first four are available here.
The capital of the poor man is his health.
The interest which he receives upon his capital is the wages of each day's labor. . . .
The health of the people is the real foundation upon which the prosperity of the city depends.
James C. Abbott Mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts Jan. 4, 1887
Part 1 - c. 13,000 BC to 1603 AD and 1604 to 1726 AD
Part 2 - 1721 to 1822 AD
Part 3 - 1822 to 1824
Part 4 - 1856 to 1836
Part 5 - 1837