4 edition of Centuries of Child Labour found in the catalog.
|LC Classifications||October 2004|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 87 p. :|
|Number of Pages||88|
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The parallel beliefs that labor benefited children by helping them avoid the sin of idleness and economically benefited society by helping it increase its productive capacity fueled the spread of the practice.
As a result of a new state law, the maximum working hours in the mill were reduced from 56 to 54 per week for women and children. Many children began first working in the home to help their parents run the family farm. The reformers Centuries of Child Labour tales of fathers who were too drunk and too lazy to work that they pushed their own children into labor.
He found that children who had presented certificates from doctors certifying they were unable to attend school because of a physical handicap were instead toiling away in the coal mine.
Many laws restricting child labor were passed as part of the of this period. This concern was even shared by a few in the legal system who spoke out against valuing the life of a child on the basis of expected monetary contributions to the family.
At the federal level, the Secretary of Labor revised an antichild labor clause that had been included in government contracts since World War I, thereby allowing girls 16-to-18 years old to work on World War II contracts. Other scholars such as Harsch on African child labour, and Edmonds and Pavcnik on global child labour have reached the same conclusion. The hearing, though, was not a turning point in the movement against child labor.
Illinois, for instance, had its factory inspectors and truant officers work together after child labor and compulsory educational laws were passed in tandem in 1903.