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
“Coal breaker” boys at the Pennsylvania Coal Company. Their job was to break larger pieces of coal into smaller useful sizes. An “overseer” usually stood over the boys to keep them working. The coal dust was so thick it was liking working in a constant fog.
Boys pushing coal cars out of the mine.
A girl selling radishes
An African American “newsie” selling papers. The headline reads “Millionaire Tax Rends GOP!” Nothing much has changed.
Two girls wearing banners with slogan “ABOLISH CHILD SLAVERY!!” in English and Yiddish, one carrying American flag. May 1, 1909.
Meanwhile back in Newport the Captains of Industry were spending the “season” at their Summer “cottages.”
The capitalists still employ children – there are children in Bangladesh making your shirts and blouses right now.
And they would do it to workers here – and are trying their best. All that damn “gummit” regulation!