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Daily Life of a Mill Village Child in South Carolina

This 5th grade lesson uses photographs and hospital records to help students see how their lives are different from those of mill children living in the 1930s and 1940s.  The photographs show the differences in living conditions for children during this time.  Clinic records of individual children reveal malnourishment and other effects of an inadequate diet.  These records show that the diets of these children consisted of little meat, fruit, or vegetables.  This lesson helps students understand the hard times faced by many during the Great Depression.

Katharine Newsom Smith
Augusta Circle Elementary
2003 Upstate Institute

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