Child Labor

By Brooke Jones

Jobs Children Did in Factories

This shows the affect these jobs had on the children just by their expression and appearance....


  • Children were forced to work as soon as they could walk
  • Chimney sweeping was a job children could do better than adults at ages 5 to 6
  • In textile mills children were made to clean machines while machines were running
  • Children would often come home covered in soot and wounds from these jobs and have to go to work the next day no matter what conditions were

Hours,Food and Working Conditions

  • Young children endured some of the harshest conditions
  • Workdays would be 10 to 14 hours long, and there were minimal breaks
  • They had very little to eat, half an hour for breakfast and lunch ( common foods were oatcakes, bread and soups, mutton, potatoes, and combinations of other things which was known as gruel)
  • The environment was a threat to children, as well as factories that put out toxins and fumes which when inhaled resulted in chronic conditions and diseases

Children had breaks but they still had minimal benefits, not only were they tired and endangered, they were even starved sometimes because of the amount of food they consumed

Accidents that often Happened

This man that was a child labor worker still has to deal with the incidents that happened in the past to this day because of how dangerous this really was..

  • Unguarded machinery was a major problem for children working in factories
  • Nearly one thousand people for wounds and mutilations caused by machines was announced during this time period
  • Children's hands and arms were being caught in machines, muscles and skin ripped down to the bone, and even a finger or two being lost
  • Some believed that tiredness of these children caused accidents

Punishments Children Faced

Here is where the master would take action to what the child did wrong, but is was typically more serious and aggressive than what is being shown in this picture....



  • Children were usually hit with a strap to make them work faster
  • In some factories children's heads were dipped head first into water if they become to tired to work
  • You were punished if you were late to work, if you were 5 minutes late the over looker would take a strap and beat you until you were black and blue, and you couldn't talk either
  • Children who ran away were in danger of being sent to prison

Efforts to Improve/Stop Child Labor (Groups opposed to/Gov't Action(laws)

  • In the twentieth century, the numbers of child laborers in the U.S peaked
  • Child labor began to decline as the labor and reform movements grew and labor standards in general began improving, increasing political power
  • Organizations generated the National Consumer's league in 1899 and the National Child Labor committee in 1904, which shared goals of challenging labor
  • Committee's worked to end child labor, which was combined efforts to prove free compulsory, education for all children, and eventually was turned into the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938
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This resembles the fight to end child labor for all, and the freedom wanted from all the lives being controlled from this..