Child Industry

By Jaden Hageman


child labor began in in early 1700's and late 1800's at the start of the industrial revolution. Child labor began at the age of five and ended well when you died or well when you ran away. However many people did not advise running away. Child labor has changed hugely change children were useful as laborers because their size allowed them to move in small spaces in factories or mines where adults couldn't fit, children were easier to manage and control and perhaps most importantly, children could be paid less then adults. Child laborers often worked to help support their families , but were forced to drop out of school. nineteenth century century reformers and labor organizers looked into trying to restrict child labor and improve working conditions, but it took a market crash to finally sway public opinion. During the Great Depression, Americans wanted all available jobs to go to adults rather than children. Children under thirteen were working 48 hours per week from sunup to sun down. Let alone in abusive and dangerous conditions, Children would often experience threats, lost limbs, suffication, lung disease, cancer, fitgue, weakness and amongst many more things.

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John Fielden - Opposed to child labor

At the age of ten John was required to work in his family's cotton factory for ten hours a day. When he had served his apprenticeship his father made John and his four brothers, partners in Joshua Fielden & Sons. Once a week Joshua and his sons would take their cloth to Manchester, 20 miles away, and collect the bags of imported cotton. This journey became easier with the building of the Rochdale Canal in 1804.