"The Bronx Slave Market! What is it? Who are its dealers? Who are its victims? What are its causes? How far does its stench spread? What forces are at work to counteract it?"
Part One in a five-part series in the New York Compass on Cooke's experiences posing as a domestic-for-hire at the Bronx "slave market" of 1950
Part two in a five-part series in the New York Compass on Marvel Cooke's experiences posing as a domestic day laborer.
Part three in Marvel Cooke's five-part series for the New York Compass in 1950 on the domestic day labor market in the Bronx
"You shouldn't-a-agreed to work by the hour. That's the best way to get gypped. Some of them only want you for an hour or so to clean the worst dirt out of their houses. Then they tell you you're through. It's too late by that time to get another job. . . . You just don't work by the hour," she repeated laconically. "Work by the day. Ask six bucks and carfare for a three-room apartment."
Part four in Marvel Cooke's five-part series for the New York Compass in 1950 on the Bronx "slave mart," where women domestics went to find jobs as day laborers.
"As I stood there waiting to be bought, I lived through a century of indignity. . . ." " 'I've always picked nice girls,' she said. 'I knew you were nice the minute I laid eyes on you.' " "That pat on the back was worse in a way than a kick in the teeth."
Last in Marvel Cooke's five-part series for The New York Compass on the Bronx slave mart.
"So the Slave Market is back. "And it is back to stay unless something is done to kill it off quickly. "A lot of people, aroused by its rebirth in The Bronx, Brighton Beach, Brownsville and elsewhere, are already fighting to beat back its advance. They want no return of conditions that existed during hte last depression when wages were driven down to 25 cents an hour."