Children at work: Exposing child labor in the cotton mills of the Carolinas

In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for a child worker: how much money the workers earned, how many hours they worked each day, what their homes were like, and what they did for fun. Students will then write an investigative news report exposing the practice of child labor in the mills, using quotations from oral histories with former child mill workers and photographs of child laborers taken by social reform photographer Lewis Hine.

Author
Dayna Durbin Gleaves
Organization Affiliation
LearnNC
Lesson Plan Subjects