During the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th and 20th Centuries there was an increasing need for labor force. Children were used to fill the jobs necessary. There was no limitation or restriction on hours or conditions in which they worked. With the progressive movement came an uprising on restrictions that should be in place regarding the labor force as well as conditions and the use of the children. Child labor should never have occurred in the first place.
Children were often forced to work in unsafe conditions. In coal mines they were unprotected from the coal dust in the air that they would breathe in. In Textile factories the work sometimes resulted in the children’s bodies not developing correctly.
“I have seen various instances of their being crippled, and their limbs growing crooked. I know that girls have frequently bad legs, with running sores; in fact, I may say so of the factory people in general.” James Mcnish.
Some people argue that putting restrictions on child labor would result in factory owners moving factory to factory to a country that allows Child Labor.
“If the manufacturer is prevented working his mills for more than a certain number of hours together, he will often be unable to execute the orders which he may receive, and consequently, the purchaser must go to foreign countries for the supply. The result will be that you will drive the English capitalist to foreign countries, where there is no restrictions upon the employment of labor and capital.” William James, Factory Owner.
Child labor should not exist at all, in America, or anywhere in the world. A Child should not have to work his innocence away rather discovering, exploring the unknown, being a “kid”. A child should go to school learn a profession of his choice, allowing him to choose what he wants out of his life. Placing a child to work hard labor, is depriving them of their ability to grow in their own life.
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