Child labor

From the early nineteenth century until the early twentieth century, child labor was a problem nationwide. Children were often used to perform jobs that were too dangerous for them to do. No matter what the age the children worked to help support their families. Since they were needed so desperately they were paid cheap for long hours in unsafe conditions. Poor families and communities greatly supported child labor. With children working this meant that they did not have to work as hard. As time went on children were becoming ill and injured as a result of the unsafe working conditions and the opinion of child labor changed. Not until 1904 when the National Labor Committee was created was something done about it.
Children spent countless hours working in fields and factories; they also picked cotton, worked in coalmines, sweatshops, and textile mills. "The jobs available were dangerous, and unhealthy, characterized by long hours, low pay and miserable working conditions."(Jones p.569). T hey would often work the whole day without a break or the proper safety equipment. Children often worked with their whole family. Two young boys had been sewing with their mother for years, they were seven and twelve, and their father was injured so his work was limited. Like most children they were forced to help support the family. They worked six days a week for hours a day making only two-three cents for each pair of finished pants. Two other brothers worked together in a canning company in Maine as fish cutters. They worked with extremely sharp knives and they had nothing to protect themselves with. Even when they severely cut themselves they continue to work, they know if they don't work there are limited options available. One day at work the older brother cut his finger in half but continued to work. Another boy working with the brothers said "we are always cutting ourselves". (Lewis Hine).The conditi

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