Child Labor Laws

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Child Labor Laws

“Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” This quote by Grace Abbott explains why we need to stand up against child labor. Although many people think that children these days need to work more and have life handed to them, this was not always the case. Children during the industrial revolution were being forced to work long hours in terrible conditions with little to no pay. They were discriminated against in many ways, held protests, and created many opportunities for future generations. Children were discriminated against in many ways. For example, a child’s day was 12-19 hours long whereas the average adult’s day was only 10 hours. Not only did they have to work long, hard days but children as young as 6 years old were expected to work. If these young children were even a minute late, managers would beat them to make sure they listened. In fact, some children would even be forced to walk around with a heavy weight on their neck as an example. In addition, children often had to operate dangerous machines or carry around heavy weights for hours on end while having to deal with the damp, dark, and dirty conditions they were forced to work in. If any of theses factors caused a child to get hurt at work, the company would stop their pay, provide no medical assistance, and no
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