The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2574   Message #2685576
Posted By: Joe_F
22-Jul-09 - 06:39 PM
Thread Name: The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw-child miner
Subject: RE: child labor & girl coal miner (Patience Kershaw)
George Orwell wrote, in 1937:

"It is not long since conditions in the mines were worse than they are now. There are still living a few very old women who in their youth have worked underground, with the harness round their waists, and a chain that passed between their legs, crawling on all fours and dragging tubs of coal. They used to go on doing this even when they were pregnant. And even now, if coal could not be produced without pregnant women dragging it to and fro, I fancy we should let them do it rather than deprive ourselves of coal. But -- most of the time, of course, we should prefer to forget that they were doing it...."

(_The Road to Wigan Pier_)