Field-workers, American Sumatra Tobacco Co. The Supt.

Field-workers, American Sumatra Tobacco Co. The Supt. called the boys out to the end of the rows and we found 47 boys from 9 to 15 yrs. old, all working but could not get hold of them all. The Supt. said, "We have to hire boys because we can't get men to do the work." Many of them live in Hartord, Conn., and go back and forth on the trolley. Location: South Windsor, Connecticut. Date Created/Published: 1917 August 2. LOC original medium: 1 photographic print. Pic of child labor by Lewis Hine.


this picture was from 1917

this picture was from 1917

I was one of them

This field is one I might have worked in. Yes I was one of those kids hired in the 1950's that picked tobacco for AST. We called it American Slave Trade. Got six cents a bin for picking three leaves off of each plant. Got the juice all over our arms. IT turned brown when it dried.
Learned to swear in Puerto Rican.