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Lewis Hine,
“A Little Spinner.” 1909

December 3, 1908. “A little spinner in the Mollahan Mills, Newberry, S.C.
She was tending her ‘sides’ like a veteran,
but after I took the photo,
the overseer came up and said in an apologetic tone that was pathetic,
‘She just happened in.’ Then a moment later he repeated the information.
The mills appear to be full of youngsters that ‘just happened in,’ or are ‘helping sister.’
Witness Sara R. Hine.”

Caption by Lewis Hine.

Zoned for slavery: The Child Behind the Label

The original source of the video above is the homepage of “THE NATIONAL LABOR COMMITTEE”.