New York labor
Sell your soul to the devil
In the 1800' s and many years before and after, children were working long hours, more than any child should have to work at that age. The children would wake up in the morning like their parents, go to work like their parents and work mutual, or harder jobs then their parents. The parents could be 20-30 years old and the kid be 8 and still be working harder then them. Back in the progressive era, people didn't know differently. But the way the kids get treated, is bad. The kids might as we'll sell their soul to the devil to make a living and support their family. That's a lot of pressure a child should never have to face at that young of an age. The problem with kids working is, they didn't have a choice. Their parents made them work because If they I didn't, they would not have any food on the table that night.the jobs that the kids would have to work would be to do things adults couldn't, because they are bigger. Children would have to get in between machines to work on them. Most kids would get fingers cut of on sharp objects while fixing the machines. Many would die by getting sucked into certain machines. This has impacted our country historically because we realized that it was time for a change and so we made it happen.
The historical solutions we have made to overcome child labor, it to not have any at all. But at the same time, we still have it. We don't have it as bad, or even close to as bad as the progressive era. Children get the choice between if they want to work, 16 is the legal age in most states. There are so many options you have to provide for yourself other then working, is it fair? Some would agree yes and others, no. Food stamps is big helping factor in the states, it helps people that don't have Jobs, put food on the table. The U.S has come a long way from letting 5 years die, to giving out free food from the tax payer for those who need it.
Boys working on big equipment
Young girl, who looks very sad.
These young boys are being thought as, as men. But really they are teenage boys who shouldn't be smoking nor working like men.
What's living with you?
Overcrowding is a main factor of this. What stops Tuberculosis from spreading is sunlight and good ventilation, which are definitely lacking in the tenement buildings, Tuberculosis won't be stopped. Extreme overcrowding as well as confined living conditions make house fires an extreme danger as well.The tenement building have no fire-proofing and the only way to escape is by ladders which are difficult for children and elderly to use. Tenement buildings are the source of many problems and nearly two thirds of the people are living in them.
This is a perfect example of the over crowd ingot hat occurs for such a small area ( this is a big house compared to many)
This is a image of the non cleaness of a home.
Shows how crowded other families were, and how the hung their clothes.