In America, it was always different. Pretty much EVERYBODY worked. Only the very wealthy did not physically labor. Most of those did some work, even if only intellectual or non-manual (lawyers, businessmen, legislators).
Contrary to European tradition, many American youngsters worked in non-school time, without shame (dislike of it, sure, but not shame to be doing "menial work"). In my youth, I worked as:
- file clerk
- donut shop retail
- yard work