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Shoeless Boys Working at a Cotton Mill in Belton, South Carolina

Many American children, from poor families, held industrial jobs at a time when neither state nor federal laws protected them. They worked long hours, for low pay, in the early 20th century.

Lewis Wilkes Hine documented their working conditions, and his photos are now maintained at the Library of Congress.

This image depicts a photo which Hine took at Belton Manufacturing Company in May of 1912. The Library of Congress provides this description:

Some of the youngsters working in Belton Mfg. Co., Belton S.C. Two of the youngest and J. Henderson, Kelly Street. Percy Morrison, Eugene Simper. Location: Belton, South Carolina.

Click on the image for a full-page view. Note that most of the boys have no shoes.


Media Credits

Photo by Lewis Wilkes Hine; online via the Library of Congress. Reproduction number: LC-DIG-nclc-02608 (color digital file from b&w original print). Public Domain.

 

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