New York State Archives, NYSA_A3029-78_B1_F7
Young boy at work from the Factory Investigation Commission records, 1912.
If these children worked all day, when did they go to school?
What are some community-wide problems that could arise from children not attending school?
Children today don't have to work until they're older. What do you think these children were like? How do you think they felt?
Research the life of a child laborer. Use the book Lewis W. Hine by Vicki Goldberg.
Math: If a child made half of what a woman made in one week, and a woman made $2.78 a week, how much did the child make? If a man made four times what the child made, how much did the man make that week?
Science: Why is it unhealthy for children to work long hours?
English Language Arts: Pretend you are a child laborer. Write a journal entry about what you would rather be doing than working in a factory.
Goldberg, Vicki. Lewis W. Hine: Children at Work. Prestel Publishing, September 1999. ISBN: 3791321560
Kielburger, Craig and Kevin Major. Free The Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves that Children Can Change the World. HarperCollins Publishers, January 2000. ISBN: 0060930659
McCully, Emily Arnold. The Bobbin Girl. Dial, April 1996. ISBN: 0803718276
Harlow, Joan Hiatt. Joshua's Song. Aladdin Paperbacks, March 2003. ISBN: 0689855427