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Collections >> The North Carolina Experience >> Document Menu >> 5 - No. 5.--COTTON MILL, WHITNEL, N. C. On the night shift, waiting for the whistle. Smallest boy and girl about fifty inches tall. Smallest girl had been in mill two years, six months at night. One medium sized boy had doffed four years, partly at night, and gets sixty cents a night. Work after eight p. m. is illegal for children under fourteen years. No. 6.--COTTON MILL, WHITNEL, N. C. Spinner, fifty-one inches tall, runs four sides, earns forty-eight cents a day. Two years in the mill. Ten boys and girls about this size on day shift and ten on night, among fifty employees on each shift.
Alexander Jeffrey McKelway, 1866-1918, A. E. Seddon, A. H. Ulm, and Lewis Wickes Hine, 1874-1940
Child Labor in the Carolinas: [A]ccount of Investigations Made in the Cotton Mills of North and South Carolina, by Rev. A. E. Seddon, A. H. Ulm and Lewis W. Hine, under the Direction of the Southern Office of the National Child Labor Committee.
[New York]: [National Child Labor Committee], [1909].

No. 5.--COTTON MILL, WHITNEL, N. C.
On the night shift, waiting for the whistle. Smallest boy and girl about fifty inches tall. Smallest girl had been in mill two years, six months at night. One medium sized boy had doffed four years, partly at night, and gets sixty cents a night. Work after eight p. m. is illegal for children under fourteen years.
No. 6.--COTTON MILL, WHITNEL, N. C.
Spinner, fifty-one inches tall, runs four sides, earns forty-eight cents a day. Two years in the mill. Ten boys and girls about this size on day shift and ten on night, among fifty employees on each shift.

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Subjects:
  • Child labor--North Carolina--1900-1910.
  • Factories--North Carolina--1900-1910.
  • Mills--North Carolina--1900-1910.