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
just to name a few of the jobs I've held. There were compensations - freedom to spend my own money (and make financial mistakes while the consequences were low), pride in earning, experience getting along with bosses, learning responsibility for showing up and pulling my weight, and learning about people whose culture was different from my own.