Alice P. Evitt oral history excerpt (child labor)
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Alice P. Evitt was born in 1898 and began working at the cotton mills near Charlotte, North Carolina in 1910 when she was 12 years old. She worked 12 hours a day, every day except Sunday, and earned 25 cents a day for her work. In this except, Ms. Evitt talks about the terrible working conditions in the mills she worked in as a young girl. In particular, she remembers the awful heat in the mill. When she was an older adult, she worked in a mill with air conditioning, but the first mills she worked in had no air conditioning at all.
- Alice P. Evitt
- Oh, it was awful hot. You’d come out of there, your clothes was plumb wet. Awful hot. Over to Johnston — I worked over there some — they had air conditioning, and it helped a lot. Didn’t have it too cool, but it helped a lot. Out here, they didn’t have anything. All the windows that was open was right where you was workin’. You’d open one. That didn’t let much in. All that stuff a-runnin’ machinery makin’ heat. It was bad. Terrible hot out here.