The condition of the numerous agricultural laborers (who constitute one-third of the population) is, except in some regions, hard, and in places absolutely miserable.
In Tuscany, however, the prevalence of mezzadria, properly so called, has raised the laborers position.
In Liguria, on account of the comparative rarity of large estates, agricultural laborers are in a better condition.
Com posed mainly of elements drawn from the Left, and dependent for a majority upon the support of the subversive groups of the Extreme Left, the formation of this cabinet gave the signal for a vast working-class movement, during which the Socialist party sought to extend its political influence by means of strikes and the organization of labor leagues among agricultural laborers and artisans.
I remember when wages were sixty cents a day for laborers on this very road.