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Mollohan Mills, Newberry, S.C. (1908) Photographer – Lewis W. Hine
When I was 14-years-old I had chores to do at home. I was tasked with laundry duties, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, cutting the grass, and weeding the garden. When it snowed overnight I was out with my parents at 5 AM shoveling the (long-ass) driveway.
I did not, however, have to don PPE and go to work in a meatpacking plant.
Yet, if Republican lawmakers in some states get their way, we will see the rolling back of child labor law protections that harken back to the days of old.