What Capitalists Did – Lest We Forget

While the Vanderbilt ladies were vying for the title of Best Hostess in Newport, this is what the captains of industry were doing to the rest of us.   Lest we forget.



Child Labor in the Textile Mills. The Lawrence textile strike was a strike of immigrant workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912 led by the Industrial Workers of the World.


African American boy “newsie” selling The Washington Daily News – sign on his hat reads, “Have you read The News? One cent” – headline reads “Millionaire tax rends G.O.P.”  Nothing new under the sun!


“Tube boy” in the mule room of the Richmond Spinning Mill in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“Tube boy” – Berkshire Cotton Mills, Adams, Massachusetts
Child labor in the coal mines.
Boys move coal cars at the entrance to the Knoxville Iron Company’s mine near Coal Creek (now Lake City) inTennessee.
Workers, mostly children  at the Knoxville Knitting Works in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Two girls wearing banners with slogan “ABOLISH CHILD SLAVERY!!” in English and Yiddish, one carrying American flag.   May 1, 1909,
Meanwhile, back at Newport
Land's End Limousine
The capitalists still employ children – there are children in Bangladesh making your shirts and blouses.
And they will do it to workers here – and are trying their best.

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to What Capitalists Did – Lest We Forget

  1. LIke I said, kindred spirit. I frequently spout off about Plutocracy and the dangerous road we are traveling in the United States these days. Conservatives have grabbed and swallowed the bait that the Plutocrats have dangled in front of them; convincing mainstream Americans that Labor Unions and “Big Government” are the reason for their inability to manage their lives financially. Meanwhile, the gap between the rich and the poor is so vast that the middle class is plummeting into poverty without an inkling that they’ve been duped. I’m not afraid of the “Liberal” label. It is NOT a dirty word to me. Thank you for reminding people that the Wobblies served a purpose – a life-saving one – and that Labor organizations are not the demons the fat cats make them out to be. Corrupt now? Yes, I believe the Unions are corrupt now, but at one time they were the real champions. And the Military Industrial Complex? Still alive. Still bloated. Still unaccountable to the tax paying populace. And the fat cats at the CIA and the Pentagon and in the Capitol? Still fat and greedy and clever enough to dupe the masses. Wow, didn’t know you’d struck such a chord! Thanks!


    • toritto says:

      Minstrel – glad a chord has been struck. I guess that is what bloggers are supposed to do. But not to worry or fret today – it’s a lovely day here in Tampa Bay and I hope that Spring has come to Colorado!



  2. I heard this for the first time today and thought of your post on the Capitalists:


  3. Sadly child labor is alive and well in third world sweat shops and on US farmlands. Because pay for US agricultural workers is so low, children have to work to bolster the family income.


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