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In agriculture, girls still work long hours around dangerous chemicals and are unprotected by child labor laws. These are not small family farms—this is agribusiness.
Federal laws passed in 1938 helped protect children under 16. But agriculture was exempt from this legislation, allowing children to continue working in fields across America.
Monica Camacho wore protective clothing to shield her from chemicals used in the field.
"It was just super hot because we had to wear... protective clothes like sweaters so the chemicals or the sun doesn't hit you." —Monica Camacho, 2018
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Object Name
date made
ca 2010
place used
United States: California, Santa Maria
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
overall: 49 cm x 47.5 cm x 1 cm; 19 9/32 in x 18 11/16 in x 13/32 in
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
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National Museum of American History
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