This project restores Nell Nelson's instrumental work exposing the cruel unsanitary working conditions of 19th-century Chicago’s manufacturing industry. A pioneer of investigative reporting, Nelson published the series, "City Slave Girls," in The Chicago Times. Focusing on the ill-effects of industrialization, she exposed the mistreatment of the women, children, and the impoverished. For more on the development of this project please visit our GitHub page.


1898 Map of Chicago

Navigate late nineteenth century Chicago and explore the companies exposed in the series.


Network Graph from Article 1888-08-02 Speech Analysis

Insights into the series using text
and network analysis.


Advertisement from July, 8th 1888

Explore the series in Nelson's words.