Note: An employee retells how she was beaten by her boss for not having produced 100 cigars each day.

Extract:

“I was sitting and he grabbed me by the arms and tried to throw me on the ground. He threw me on the ground and hit me with the lid of a mould.”

–      [Judge]         “He beat you while you were on the ground?”

–      [Employee]   “Yes, I tried to get up, but he held me down.”

Source of extract: Free translation of  Rapport de la commission Royale d’enquête sur les relations entre le capital et le Travail (1889) Cité dans Collectif.  Repères: Histoire et éducation à la citoyenneté.2e année, 2e cycle du primaire. Quebec, Éditions du Renouveau Pédagogiques, Inc. 2008. p.123.

French (If available)