Work, Work, Work! Spotlight on Child Labor
COBBLESTONE July/August 2017
Title: Work, Work, Work! Spotlight on Child Labor
Today, kids love to pretend they’re teachers, doctors, mail carriers, or astronauts. But over one hundred years ago, children as young as five were actually going to work – for up to fourteen hours a day! Learn how that changed in this issue of COBBLESTONE. Follow the shocking history of child labor in America, and read letters from a teenage mill worker to her mother. Meet some of the reformers who helped change the way children in America lived, as well as the photographers who captured their lives on film.
Have you ever heard of the Disney movie and musical, NEWSIES? It’s based on the true story of the Newsboys’ Strike in 1899, when newsboys teamed up to demand fair treatment from newspaper publishers. Can you imagine kids teaming up to combat rich businessmen? Discover all of that and more in these articles:
“Working Days” by Barbara Bair, Lee Ann Potter, and Stephen Wesson
“Dear Mama: Letters from a Mill Girl” by Cynthia Overbeck Bix
“Champions for Reform” by Barbara Bair
“Focusing on Labor” by Barbara Orbach Natanson
“What the Camera Captured Indoors” compiled by Barbara Orbach Natanson
“What the Camera Captured Outdoors” compiled by Barbara Orbach Natanson
“Extra! Extra! Newsboys Strike!” by Barbara Krasner
“It’s the Law” by Kathiann M. Kowalski
Regular features include: Editor’s note, Did You Know?, Going Global, Your Letters, Just for Fun, Dr. D’s Mystery Hero, Spotlight On…, Say What?, Cartoon Connection, Creature Feature, and a crossword puzzle!