A study on child labor and american federation of labor

To know the story of how that street came to be named is to know the story of a struggle. As she told the committee, one day, near the end of her shift, her hair became entangled in a machine and a portion of her scalp had been torn off.

This led to a number of articles in newspapers and magazines on what previously was a seldom-covered topic.

child labor in the 1930s

Violence between strikers, replacement workers, police, and soldiers grew as the strike, which became known as the Lawrence Textile Strike, went on.

When Martin Luther King Jr. A delegation of adult and child strikers was sent to Washington, DC. For the child labor movement, the Darby decision was a monumental victory. Rather than being based on a desire to eliminate the poor conditions children toiled in, the movement was initially fueled by concerns over the lack of education the toiling children received.

The bill also caused further internal debate inside the NCLC over the prospect of federal action. Reports given by the states helped show that the differences among states in the percentage of children in the labor force were widening.

Factory owners preferred hiring children because they were cheaper, less likely to strike, and more manageable than adults. By the early s, only around 80 percent of year-olds attended school.

The law left unaffected the estimated 1, children working in home-based businesses, the streets, and the fields. The hearing, though, was not a turning point in the movement against child labor.

Just ten years later, the Census showed that over 1.

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