Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968). The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
Work for All but Father
By Henry M. Tichenor
(The poet of the Rip-Saw, a revolutionary paper of the middle West which has an immense circulation)
EVERYBODY works but fatherGod, what a ghastly lay! Everybody works but fatherhe wants too much pay! Mother and Ann and Maggie, and tiny Tim and Bill, work like hell for a paltry wage in the sweatshop and the mill. Everybody works but fatherhe talks like a foolhe asks enough in wages to send the kids to schoolhe wants more for his daily toil than we pay the wife and broodhe says he ought to have enough to keep them all in food! Everybody works but fatherfor him we have no needall we want of father is just to keep up the breed. The mother and the babies, thats all we require, the mother and the babiesthose are the ones we hire. Just keep on breeding babiesthats the bull moose hunchjust keep on breeding babies, we can work the whole damn bunch!