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Who are the “hired girls”? How are they different from other people in Black Hawk?

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In Black Hawk, the "hired girls" are all daughters of immigrant farmers; they are country girls, as opposed to the town girls in Black Hawk.

These hired girls work to help their families pay off the debts accumulated from homesteading expenses. They work predominantly in the service industry. The text tells us that the Bohemian and Scandinavian girls cannot teach because of their poor skills in English. Instead,...

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