Exploring our past to sort out myth from reality
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These are the voyages of the TimeShip Anachron.
Our Mission: To boldly explore the past, dispelling
mythinformation and mythconceptions
of American History along the way.
Meet MythAmerica Series
Is your idea of what life was like for most American children in the early years of the 1900s primarily based on such visual sources as the cheery children romping in the Norman Rockwell paintings on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post? Or perhaps the sugar-
This article begins with a brief overview of the scandal of child labor in Britain in the 1800s. And ends with a brief introduction to the unbelievably harsh world of child labor in the US at the turn of the last century.
Part 2: Lewis Hine's Kids
This article introduces the work of sociologist/teacher/investigative reporter Lewis Hine, who chronicled in gut-
Part 3: Xtry, Xtry, Read All About It!
Rural poor children in the early years of the 1900s were often forced to work grueling hours in mines and factories. But in the big cities, those options weren't available. There young boys often helped their starving families by earning a few pennies a day working grueling hours as "newsboys." Just selling papers may seem like an "easy" job, but as you will see in the photos by Lewis Hine in this article, it wasn't…and could often even be life-
Part 4: The Declaration of DEpendence
This article continues the chronicle of the shameful saga of child labor in America in the early 20th Century. More photos by investigative reporter Lewis Hine introduce children working in a variety of grueling jobs.
Part 5: Ancient History-
This concluding article in the Uncle Sam's Kids series summarizes some of the facts about child labor in America in the early 20th century, and examines some of the lessons that can be learned, and even applied today, from how the nation dealt with this scandal.