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December 1913. "The whole force of workers in the cotton mills of Stevenson, Alabama. Several of them are apparently under twelve, but I could not get the ages. Photo posed by the general manager." Photo and caption by the child labor reformer Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Oct. 30, 1915. "12-year-old Lahnert boy, near Fort Collins, Colorado, topping beets. The father, mother and two boys (9 and 12) expect to make $700 in two months' time in the beet work. 'The boys can keep up with me all right, and all day long,' the father said. Begin at 6 a.m. and work until 6 p.m. with hour off at noon. Several smaller children do not work. See Hine Report for studies of work done by these and other children." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.