K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Child labor in North Carolina's textile mills

Doffers

When the bobbins on the spinning machines were full of thread, doffers removed the full bobbins and replaced them with empty ones. Here, doffers are working at a spinning machine in a mill in Cherryville. Behind them are carts of full and empty bobbins.

Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. From the records of the United States National Child Labor Committee.

The text of this page is copyright ©2009. See terms of use. Images and other media may be licensed separately; see captions for more information and read the fine print. About the photograph