The Mill: Some boys and girls were so small they had to climb up on to the spinning frame to mend broken threads and to put back the empty bobbins. Bibb Mill No. 1. Macon, Georgia. | The History Place : Child Labor in America 1908-1912 : Photographs of Lewis W. Hine
On Labor Day please let us know how you teach about labor history and labor unions all year long. If you are looking for resources, here's an educational poster from Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio and there are lessons, books, and films listed on the Zinn Education Project website
Emma Goldman, anarchist and activist -- "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." Her life, from 1869-1940, spanned great movements of two centuries. She was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality, and union organization. Deported from the USin 1919, she participated in great social and political movements of her age, including the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War.
"The Mill: One of the spinners in Whitnel Cotton Mill. She was 51 inches high. Has been in the mill one year. Sometimes works at night. Runs 4 sides - 48 cents a day. When asked how old she was, she hesitated, then said, "I don't remember," then added confidentially, "I'm not old enough to work, but do just the same." Out of 50 employees, there were ten children about her size. Whitnel, North Carolina."