Hard Times Cotton Mills Girls, Excerpt 1
I was eleven years old when I went to work in the mill. They learnt me to knit.
Well, I was so little that they had to build me a box to get up on to put the
sock in the machine. I worked in the hosiery mill for a long time and, well,
then we finally moved back to the country. But me and my sister Molly finally
went back up there in 1910 and I went to work in the silk mill. Molly went to
work in the hosiery mill. . . . We worked twelve hours a day for fifty cents.
When paydays come around, I drawed three dollars. That was for six days,
seventy-two hours. I remember I lacked fifty cents having enough to pay my
Victoria Byerly, Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls, pp. 48–50 (Educational
Resource Materials, Levine Museum of the New South, 2003,