Life in the Mines

Breaker Boys
Woodward Coal Mines, Kingston, Pennsylvania

This photo is about life in the mines after the immigrants came to America. The mine work was not all it promised to be and many immigrants soon left the mines for other work. Many immigrants went to the cities to work in the steel industry.

In 1900 child labor laws were not in force and many children of miners started work as breaker boys in the mines at a rate of pay less than that of their fathers.


Circa 1900


Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection
Detroit Publishing Co. photo no. 011590

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