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Visit this site http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/ and choose one photograph to work with.  Complete the  "Examining Photographs" sheet with your group.  In the comments section here,  write a letter to your employer.  Pretend you are a kid in the photo, and are unhappy with the working conditions in the photo.  What would you want the  employer to know?

 


Table 6
01/28/2013 7:02am

Dear Mr. Billy Bob Joe,
I do not like working here. You make us stand on the spinning machines, and make us stick our hands in the machine to fix things. We could easily get our hands chopped off. There is a dangerous moving belt, and we could get caught on it, and become Flat Stanley. We have poor clothing, and could easily get cut. I have no shoes, but the person next to me does.THAT IS NOT FAIR!! I could fall off the machine and get grinded by the machine next to it. I could trip over the protruding spools of thread, and get my head cut off. There are many compllex parts, and many things can happen, that would lead to death. I would rather wade in a jacuzzi. Thanks for reading!
Sincerely,
Table 6

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Table 6
01/28/2013 7:03am

(Continued)
The person in the picture has an extra toe.

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Table 1
01/29/2013 7:04am

Dear Mr.Fredrick,
We are tired of jumping up and down to set up pins till past midnight. We need better working conditions and sleep. We deserve a higher pay for the amount of work we do. We get hit by bowling balls and nobody cares about the pain. We know you can fire us in an instant for telling you this, but you aren't treating us like people your treating us like homeless, hungry dogs. We hope you consider and change the way things are.

Bowling Alley Boys

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Table 2, Elise, Sidney, Michael, Levi
01/29/2013 7:05am

Dear Howard Lee's Boss,

I think you are evil. You put little kids in a factory with glass littered all over the floor. Imagine if an evil person was making you do that. You are making them work for 10-14 hours a day and paying them only enough for 1 hour. Soon your factory workers will all be gone because they won't have enough money for food, shelter, or clothes. People are dieing in places like this working for fools like yourself. There going to need better work conditions and better pay if you want to keep your factory.

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Table 4/ Hayden, Camilla,chase, john
01/29/2013 7:05am

Dear Joe Bob Billy

I do not want to work here because i'm only 7 years old. It is also dangerous because children could get injured by the machines. Children do not like this. It is cruel and there is unfair treatment. Some children are very young and do not deserve to be treated like this. We must change this. ITS NOT FAIR!!!!

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Table 3
01/29/2013 7:06am

Dear Mr. Sam,

We do not like this work! We feel that its not fair for little kids to work!

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