Child Labor

19th century Britain Carsyn Eads

1. Jobs Children Did in Factories


  • Coal mining- Children had to make heat from coal, so steam could be made for railroads.
  • Chimney sweep- Children had to clean out chimneys. Sometimes children would get all scratched up and the supervisors would attend to it, but then send them back to work.
  • Textile Mills- Children worked with machinery. Children had to clean out machines while they were being operated. How dangerous!!
  • Laundry for pay- Children would clean others clothes and would receive money for it. Most children were probably not paid with large amounts of money.

Children that worked in the coal mines had to make heat from coal, so that steam could be made. Coal Mining

2.Hours, Food and Working Conditions

  • Children were required to work for up to 19 hours. It wasn't an option at all.
  • There never was enough food given to the children. Even children that worked for the agricultural industry still didn't get the food they needed.
  • Children were physically hurt, and were even yelled at by supervisor.
  • Most working conditions were unsafe for children. We are so lucky today not to be treated like this.

Children were barefooted while near machinery, or they had very little clothing. Working Conditions

3. Accidents that often Happened


  • Most children didn't walk with their backs straight, so this could result in spine deformation.
  • Children worked so hard that death could happen. Mainly due to the conditions children had to work in.
  • Machine were a major threat to children. Hospitals were kept busy because children had to come in constantly, getting hurt by machines.
  • All you could see was the bone of hands was bone when the sin was ripped off the bone.

    Chimney sweepers got scratched up badly, and not just little scratches. The children working in the chimneys got soot or ash on them. Chimney Sweep

4. Punishments Children Faced


  • If you were not on time to work , the child would be slapped with a strap.
  • If you couldn't stay awake, the child would have lose a limb.
  • Children would have to carry large objects that weighed a lot on their necks for being late.
  • If there were suspicions of children that wanted to leave, they would have to be put in an iron.

Children would get hit if they were late for work.

5. Efforts to Improve/ Stop Child Labor


  • The Factory Act was made, it only dealt with the amount of hours children worked. The act was against the amount of hours children had to work.
  • Children's Bureau was created so the government could be in control above others.
  • The SPPC was created so that child labor could be rejected or kept away.
  • The Cotton Factory Regulation Act was passed, so children under the age of nine didn't have to work.
The Cotton Factory Regulation Act stopped children under nine from having to work. Cotton Factory Regulation Act