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Child Labor in America: A History

Chaim M. Rosenberg

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ISBN 10: 0786473495 / ISBN 13: 9780786473496
Published by McFarland, 2013
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Title: Child Labor in America: A History

Publisher: McFarland

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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At the close of the 19th century, more than 2 million American children under age 16--some as young as 4 or 5--were employed on farms, in mills, canneries, factories, mines and offices, or selling newspapers and fruits and vegetables on the streets. The crusaders of the Progressive Era believed child labor was an evil that maimed the children, exploited the poor and suppressed adult wages. The child should be in school till age 16, they demanded, in order to become a good citizen. The battle for and against child labor was fought in the press as well as state and federal legislatures. Several federal efforts to ban child labor were struck down by the Supreme Court and an attempt to amend the Constitution to ban child labor failed to gain enough support. It took the Great Depression and New Deal legislation to pass the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (and receive the support of the Supreme Court). This history of American child labor details the extent to which children worked in various industries, the debate over health and social effects, and the long battle with agricultural and industrial interests to curtail the practice.

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Chaim M. Rosenberg is a physician, trained in psychiatry. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

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