Children at Work

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Children at Work depicts the harsh conditions under which children worked in the 19th and early 20th centuries in mills, factories, mines, and cities, as told through personal accounts of the children and the words and photographs of social reformers. Often required to help support their families, children served as unregulated and inexpensive labor for a growing U.S. industrial economy. Later, reformers publicized children's working conditions to help gain passage of child labor laws. This volume also includes ...
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Overview


Children at Work depicts the harsh conditions under which children worked in the 19th and early 20th centuries in mills, factories, mines, and cities, as told through personal accounts of the children and the words and photographs of social reformers. Often required to help support their families, children served as unregulated and inexpensive labor for a growing U.S. industrial economy. Later, reformers publicized children's working conditions to help gain passage of child labor laws. This volume also includes contextual summaries, vocabulary, activities, and photographs of children at work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932663167
  • Publisher: History Compass, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Researching American History Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,465,182
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series: Reading the Historical Documents 4

Introduction: Children at Work 5

Chapter 1 Mill Workers 6

Farm to Factory 6

The Spirit of Discontent, by Almira, a Lowell mill girl 7

Timetable of the Mills 11

Regulations for the Boarding Houses 12

Lucy Larcom's Memoirs 13

Shadow Child 15

Camella Teoli's Testimony 17

Chapter 2 Newsboys 22

Chapter 3 Children in the Sweatshops 23

The Little Toilers 24

The Child-Savers 26

... "if they are old enough to stand" 27

Account of Pauline Newman 28

Chapter 4 Street Performers 29

The Padrone System 29

Chapter 5 Young Workers Join the Strikes! 31

Recollections of a Young Worker 31

Chapter 6 Breaker Boys in the Coal Mines 35

The Hickory Colliery in Pennsylvania 36

Chapter 7 Working on the Canals 37

Children of the Canallers 37

The Story of Marie Colbert Mose 39

Chapter 8 Child Stars 42

Kids at Work in Hollywood 42

Chapter 9 Different Points of View 45

Chapter 10 The Long Struggle for Legal Reform 48

The Keating-Owen Act 48

Research Activities/Things to Do 50

Suggested Further Reading 56

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