Child Labor During The Industrial Revolution

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Art Galindo U.S History 2/14/12 The Industrial Revolution in America incited the progression of child labor; it stimulated the growth of work unions, and provided to the development of employment regulations. Child labor is work for children that can harm them, manipulate them be it mentally, physically, morally, or by blocking their right for a chance at an education. Tough working kids were controlled in terms of their extensive hours and petty pay to the point where they seemed like they were slaves. In addition to child labor, living conditions for the working poor were that of cramped run down tenements or shacks that besides from being harmful in a physical way lacked complete privacy. These tenements or shacks were known for being…show more content…
The hardships that they had to face back then may seem to us now as unimaginable. These working people were forced to occupy a crowded shack making it unhealthy for the families inhabiting them making them more prone to disease. Having to live in these horrible conditions meant children had to grow up quick which meant they were made to see more than they needed to.” It is bad for the children. They get to know too much” (Hine) When these mothers and fathers were working if they had a baby even then they still had to work and work with the baby alongside them. “The baby had to be cared for in the shed where they worked because the company permitted no one to stay at home to care for it” (Hine) Workers had to be very careful of the way they acted with their bosses, not doing so could of jeopardized the workers transportation and free rent that they had, and would have put them in a situation where they could be inconvenienced. This meant that they would be put out on the streets to fend for themselves. “They had to be very careful to stand in with the company or lose their transportation back and be subject to many inconveniences” (Hine)The company store would always rise the prices dramatically for poor food which in a way forced the workers to have to buy the food just to provide for the…show more content…
Children were forced to work at a young age making them in a way lose their childhood, and making them grow up way sooner than they needed to. By doing this children lost the opportunity to get a quality education and instead were made to focus mainly on work and helping dad provide for the family. These children were mentally, physically, and morally abused. Children were paid insignificant wages and were forced to work almost twelve hours a day to the point where they seemed like they were slaves. “They were routed out of their beds by the boss at 3 A.M and worked until about 4 P.M” (Hine)People were forced to live in terrible conditions that at times were harmful because disease became rampant and spread. They were made to huddle like sheep in shacks and this made the children have to see more than some kid need to at that young age. Now in present times we should be thankful that we have laws that protect our children from ever having to go through hardships like the children from before. As living conditions go we have greatly advanced and it’s rare to hear that people are huddled up like sheep’s in a shack. On a final note we have evolved as a nation and should be happy to know that times have changed for the best for ourselves and most importantly our
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