Taking care of farm animals: a common task for children who were too young to work in the fields or around a hot stove in the kitchen. It was also a great way to introduce kids to the economics of farm labour.
CHILD LABOR. This is the republican dream for America's poor children. Keep voting in the "personal responsibility" assholes, and this will happen here. Job protections, even fundamental laws prohibiting child labor, are under constant threat by the party for the rich.
Poverty map of Commercial Road in Whitechapel from Booth’s Labour and Life of the People, Volume 1. 1889. The streets are colored to represent the economic class of the residents: Yellow (“Upper-middle and Upper classes, Wealthy”), red (“Lower middle class - Well-to-do middle class”), pink (“Fairly comfortable good ordinary earnings”), blue (“Intermittent or casual earnings”), and black (“lowest class…occasional labourers, street sellers, loafers, criminals and semi-criminals”). aubade
Child Berry Picker This is a great image of a child Cranberry picker. It was taken in 1938 in a Cranberry bog in New Jersey. It is amazing to look at these pictures from the 1930's and see very young children doing an adult's work to try and help support the family