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TRAIN OF THOUGHT

BOB'S PICK
OF THE WEEK

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    This is the report by the National Child Labor Committee, that was the basis for my column on child labor 100 years ago. It is full of detailed information about children working in agricultural jobs in Western Colorado 100 years ago, with data on average ages, hours worked, housing conditions, schools, social activities and more. 

      Although the authors of the report, and the committee itself are clearly opposed to children doing this sort of work, it isn't highly opinionated in presenting the data -- except in one regard. The  report is extremely critical of the way migrant laborers from Mexico and their children were treated by local residents of Western Colorado.

ABOUT ME

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I retired as editorial page editor of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2014. Since then, I've continued to write a twice-a-month history column for the Sentinel, while seizing every opportunity I can, with my wife Judy or my horses, to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the Colorado Plateau.

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