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The First American Cotton Mill Began Operation


Myrtle Bagwell, Youngest Spinner, 1912

Workers such as Myrtle Bagwell, who was one of the youngest spinners in Spartan Mills in 1912, would not be spinning cotton in the U.S. today because of child labor laws

CREDIT: Hine, Lewis, photographer. “Myrtle Bagwell, One of the Youngest Spinners in Spartan Mills, Spartanburg, South Carolina,” 1912. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-90638.

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