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Historical Context



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Visual Evidence

Photo 5: Belle Vista (Lambert Castle), 1896. [Photo 5] with link to larger version of photo.
(Passaic County Historical Society)

Questions for Photo 5

1. Photo 5 shows Belle Vista in 1896. The house is located on the side of Garret Mountain and is one of Paterson's most visible landmarks. Why do you think most people in Paterson called this house "Lambert Castle"?

2. Why do you think Catholina Lambert would have built such a house in Paterson? What does it reveal about his financial and social status?

3. According to a government survey of the silk industry published in 1911, "the silk manufacturers of to-day were the skilled operatives of yesterday."¹ What do you think someone just setting up his own business in Paterson might have thought when he looked at Lambert's house? What do you think one of the strikers might have thought?

¹ U.S. Senate, Report on Condition of Woman and Child Wage-Earners in the United States, Vol. IV: The Silk Industry (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1911), 198-99.

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