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Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop
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May 10, 2010

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Read from May 10 to July 10, 2010

I was drawn to this book because redemption comes in the form of a photographer. I would have loved to document some of these scenes, but after reading about the process of cameras of the time...I'm not so sure.

This was basically about the cotton mills of the great depression. Child labor (and injury) abounds. Most children are forced to drop out of school around the age of 12 to help their parents earn money in the mills. Of course not every child embraces this dynamic (although some do), and this book tells the story of 2 actual children, and a couple of adults who do NOT think these practices are ok. I particularly enjoyed seeing copies of the actual photographs, the taking of which were described to us in great detail in the book. Most of the children compared the camera to a fire breathing dragon!


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