Children Work in Crucial Conditions
March 12, 1898 Written By Breanna Smith
By 1900, 1 out of 5 children, ages 10-15, were working to support their family. They were not paid enough to buy food, $0.60 is what most were paid a day. That is not enough to even support themselves let alone a whole family. They also worked 14-16 hours a day in terrible conditions. In coal mines, they would handle coal all day, to the point where the sulfur would their hands swollen and bleeding. These poor children will never get the chance to change their jobs for a better life because they have never been to school. Some try to go to school at night after work but they are so tired that they just can't. Most of the children can't read or have never even opened a book.