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Child Labor Conditions

Grade 6-8 | Informative | Source-Based

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Prompt: Read the prompt below and examine the pictures that follow. Consider how the visual information impacts your comprehension of the topic

 

Compare and contrast the information about conditions for children working in factories. How do the three sources support and/or fail to support one another? Use evidence from both the text and the visuals in your response.

 

 

Source 1

Letter from Mary Paul

 

Lowell, Dec 21st 1845

 

Dear Father,

 

I received your letter on Thursday the 14th with much pleasure. I am well which is one comfort. My life and health are spared while others are cut off. Last Thursday one girl fell down and broke her neck which caused instant death. She was going in or coming out of the mill and slipped down it 14th with much pleasure. I am well which is one comfort. My life and health are spared while others are cut off. Last Thursday one girl fell down and broke her neck which caused instant death. She was going in or coming out of the mill and slipped down it being very icy. The same day a man was killed by the cars. Another had nearly all of his ribs broken. Another was nearly killed by falling down and having a bale of cotton fall on him. Last Tuesday we were paid. In all I had six dollars and sixty cents [and] paid four dollars and sixty-eight cents for board (housing/food). With the rest I got me a pair of [rubber boots] and a pair of shoes…. Perhaps you would like [to hear] something about our regulations about going in and coming out of the mill. At 5 o'clock in the morning the bell rings for the folks to get up and get breakfast. At half past six it rings for the girls to get up and at seven they are called into the mill. At half past 12 we have dinner are called back again at one and stay till half past seven. I get along very well with my work. I think that the factory is the best place for me and if any girl wants employment I advise them to come to Lowell. Tell Harriet that though she does not hear from me she is not forgotten. I have little time to devote to writing that I cannot write all I want to...

 

This from,

Mary S Paul

 

Source: Thomas Dublin, ed., Farm to Factory: Women's Letters, 1830-1860 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1981)

 

 

 

Source 3

 

 

 

Source: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collecti...0/PP/resource/

 

 

 

 

 

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