This photo is part of a collection from Lewis Hine, who documented child labor in the early 20th century. This photos was a 12 year old working in cotton/textile. Most of the children that worked in these mills had major health problem, sometimes causing death, from breathing in the lint that floated heavily in the air.
A haunting 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy. In April, the photo was found at a moving sale in Charlotte, accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John for $1150.00 not a small sum in 1854.