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Mother with children playing musical instruments
"A Musical Family"

A song on a street corner could bring in a few pennies for a poor family, in a city where ten percent of the population owned 94% of the wealth. Children's contributions often enabled a family to scrape by. When an 1893 Illinois law made it illegal for children under fourteen to work, many parents bribed city officials to obtain working papers for their underage children.

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