New York State Archives, NYSA_A3029-78_B4_F4
New York State Factory Investigation Commission visits Union Mills a men's underwear factory on Fulton St. in Hudson, New York. At the right are the doors to the toilets, which an investigator described as "filthy, foul-smelling water closets." The investigator also noted that "the young girl in the cage at the left works within five feet of these closets all day," 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 tend to seem silly and carefree. 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 4 times what the child made, how much did he make that week?
Science: Why is it unhealthy for children to work long hours?
ELA: Pretend you are a child laborer. Write a journal entry listing 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