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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Tallest boy Johnnie Younts, 72 Kirk Street, Salisbury, North Carolina. Has worked at in Salisbury Mills for 8 years. Began at 7 years old. When can he get any education? Other boy one year in mill. December 1908. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. [At least they could afford nice clothes - Dave]

 

My grandmother & her sisters

My grandmother & her sisters only went to school to about the 6th grade. One sister was very smart, so she was skipped up a grade in school. My mom says that was about all the education girls were given then (early 1900s) unless they planned to teach school. Usually if you taught school, you only taught until you married or shortly after marriage as schools wouldn't employ a visibly pregnant woman. My grandmother and one sister died before I was born, but I remember her other sister Essie (the smart one) who could read and write as well as anyone I know.

Not wrong, Johnnie! The

Not wrong, Johnnie! The Commies said they'd do it.

Johnnie

I dare say we're educating children for 13+ years now only to discover they don't have the basic skills...like reading and math. We've missed the boat somehow.

 
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