Gut we used to be the worlds largest texitle producing area in the world, so when I was doing field trips at the museum I would tell the kids that they would be working in the mills at the age they are now. ALL usually respond with: "Yay, no school." So I would ask them: "what time do you go to school in the morning and what time do you get out?" Then I would say: well at the mills you'd work from 7 am until 6 or 7 pm. You'd get 30 min. to eat and that would be it. They'd pay you about $2 a week and you would give it all to your parents because the reason you were working is that your parents needed you to work to make money to help the entire family be able to live. By the end of our talk, all agreed that school sounded much better. Someone at the museum decided to laminate some photos of children injured and handicapped in the factories and mills, but I refused to show them to the elementary school kids. They were too gruesome.Originally Posted by Gutmutter;3740142;
It's hard to believe that our child labor laws are less then 100 years old.