SCANDALS: Sweatshops in the Sun

Most Americans think that child labor is a Dickensian anachronism that went out with sweatshops, the 60-hour week and the dark, satanic mills of the 19th century. Yet down on the farm child labor remains a national scandal. Hundreds of thousands of children are working in fields all around the country. They labor in the cherry orchards of Michigan, the peach orchards of Colorado, the tomato fields of New Jersey, the bean fields of Oregon. The practice is especially flagrant in California, the richest agricultural state. After visiting San Joaquin Valley, TIME...

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