New York State Archives, NYSA_A3112-77_B1_F098_Cortland
World War I Farm Cadet essay by Ruth A. Shaw of Cortland High School, April 1, 1919.
Where did Ruth work as a farm laborer?
How did Ruth help on the farm? Provide textual evidence from the essay.
How did Ruth feel about her work on the farm? Provide textual evidence.
How do you think Ruth’s work impacted the war effort and the local economy? Explain your answer.
How did New York State regulate child labor in the early 20th century? What jobs were children permitted to do? Did the state set restrictions on the number hours children could work? For the purpose of labor, at what age was an individual considered an adult? How did these rules or lack of rules relate to the Farm Cadet Program? Would such a program be legal today? Explain why or why not.
Art: Draw an illustration to accompany Ruth’s essay.
English Language Arts: Write an essay about a time in your life that you helped your family. Use the same format found in Ruth’s essay.
English Language Arts: Write a poem about Ruth’s life as a farm laborer using information from her essay.
Gilbert, Martin. The First World War. Harper Collins: New York, 1995.