Children Working to Survive
August 2, 1900 Paige Canova
Poor pay for parents make children work long, dangerous hours for little pay.
Now one-fifth of the 1.7 million working children would work up to 72 hours a week for very low wages. In the textile factory's, children would earn only a dollar a week. If the children were working to help support their family, they still would barely get enough to survive.
Adults and children are starting to protest to this terrible child labor because they want their children to grow up and be able to provide for their family with out making their children work. People are starting to notice all of the work being done by children because 18% of all workers in the United States are under the age of 16.
Also, all the jobs children worked were very dangerous. For example, children who worked in the mines, called breaker boys, were always chopping off their fingers because they didn't have the right working material. Breaker boys would also inhale all the coal and debris from sorting the coal from rocks.
Children working in a textile factory with out proper safety.
Children protest to be able to stop working and get an education.
Children working long hours and get very tired.