17 August 2012

Child Labor Lecture and Slide Show Aug. 23rd

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
This is Bertha.  She is 6 years old.  She was an oyster shucker in the Maggioni Canning factory on Lady's Island circa 1912.  She began work each morning at 4 o'clock.  

Lewis Hine took this photograph and the photographs of many child laborers throughout the United States in the 1900s -1920s.  The power of his images resulted in changes in the law affecting the employment of children in manufacturing, canneries and agriculture.  

Yet, child labor remains an issue today in many parts of the world - and it is a theme within the One County Reads One Country: Afghanistan project selection In The Sea There Are Crocodiles.
Come learn about local child laborers during the free
"History of Child Labor in Beaufort District"
Presentation by Grace Cordial, BDC Manager
Thurs., Aug. 23rd
6:00 - 7:00 pm
2nd Floor, 311 Scott Street
(Upstairs in the Library building).

Anyone over age 12 interested in this local history topic is encouraged to attend.  

* "One County Reads One Country: Afghanistan" has been made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded to the Beaufort County Library and administered by the South Carolina State Library.

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