Part 1: Little Alice, more fortunate than some of the others, was not always a child slave. She was the youngest of three children, and the pet. Wages were small, but her parents and her brother and sister found it possible to feed an extra mouth, although the margin between income and expenses was pitifully scanty. So little Alice, for a time, was a happy child, and not a tiny old woman, as were the other little girls in the manufacturing town. The wife of the owner of the mill was a selfish, dissatisfied society woman. Driving out in her auto one day, she saw little Alice, and immediately was struck with the youth and beauty of the pretty child. A creature of impulse, she decided she wanted Alice for her own, and summoning the parents told them of the good fortune in store for them. Much to the rich woman's surprise, they did not see it as she did. They did not want to give the child up, and said so. The mother, however, thought of the advantages that Alice would have if she ... Written by
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The film, which depicts poor factory working conditions, was released just one year after more than 100 working women were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911. Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson cited the film by name during his 1912 campaign - using the film to illustrate President William Howard Taft's failure to protect workers. Wilson one the election. See more