Realities in 1900

  • Children under the age of 12 work in textile mills until 1901 when the law changes. However, it does not apply to children of widowed mothers.
  • There are 676 children working in Mecklenburg County in 1900. Their average annual salary is $99.00.
  • Segregation of the races is strictly enforced.
  • No businesses can open or sporting events take place on Sunday.
  • Strong odors from animals, tanneries, stables, butcher shops and other manufacturers fill the air.
  • People work sixty-six hours a week.