Before child labor laws, February Addie Card, 12 years old, anemic little spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill, Vermont. Girls in mill say she is ten years. She admitted to me she was twelve; that she started during school vacation and would "stay.
Pioneers on the Oregon Trail - early the US goverment encouraged settlers to move west with the promise of free land if they staked a claim. There were many hardships, danger and sickness along the way.