"Industrial Homework" (from UNITE Archives, Kheel Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901). This emotionally charged drawing from Harper's Weekly highlights the concerns of factory inspectors, policymakers, and social reformers. The home is transformed into a workplace, mingling the worlds of production and reproduction. A child lies asleep on a pile of unfinished garments, perhaps spreading its germs to middle-class consumers and the male worker in the center holds his face in his hand. His pose evokes fears of a loss of manhood and degeneration.

From Sweated work, weak bodies: anti-sweatshop campaigns and languages of labor by Daniel E. Bender

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  • Figure 4 "Industrial Homework" (from UNITE Archives, Kheel Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901). This emotionally charged drawing from Harper's Weekly highlights the concerns of factory inspectors, policymakers, and social reformers. The home is transformed into a workplace, mingling the worlds of production and reproduction. A child lies asleep on a pile of unfinished garments, perhaps spreading its germs to middle-class consumers and the male worker in the center holds his face in his hand. His pose evokes fears of a loss of manhood and degeneration.