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November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. "Eureka Cotton Mills. John Madison, 11 years old; 53 inches high. Beginning to sweep. Floyd Root, 10 years old. 50 inches high. Helps cousin spin every day after school. Witness: S.R. Hine." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.