I still have vivid memories of my first work experience picking shade grown tobacco in the Connecticut river valley. I was 14 years old and wanted a summer job, but could not yet work legally so we were paid cash at the end of each day of hard labor picking tobacco leaves in the boiling hot fields underneath the cloth tents covering the plants. It was a very unhealthy experience to say the least.
One of the fields near Windsor CT that I worked in as a child.
The child labor force.