- Look closely at the photo. Describe what you see.
- A breaker boy worked in the coal mines separating and breaking up chunks of coal into common sized pieces by hand. Why would young boys be selected for this job?
- The breaker boys would work 10 hours a day, six days a week. Knowing this, look at the photo again and discuss the working conditions for breaker boys.
"Breaker Boys, Woodward Coal Mines, Kingston, Pa.," Detroit Publishing Co., ca. 1900. Courtesy of Library of Congress