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John Spargo - Child Labor

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John Spargo - Child Labor
Biography
John Spargo was born in Cornwall, England on January 31 1876. He moved to America with his wife in 1901, where he lectured the public about socialism, a philosophy Spargo fully accepted. Spargo in 1906 wrote the book, "Bitter Cry of the children, in which he told of the injustices children faced. He died in the year of 1966 and lived long enough to see the child labor reforms.
Background
John Spargo's Work
John Spargo made public the problems of the children in his book, "Bitter Cry of the Children." In this book he exposed the horrific working conditions that children experienced in the factories. John Spargo also advocated for the feeding of underprivileged children by the government and was a renowned socialist writer.
Results and Reform Change
The results of John Spargo's work did not happen immediately. It took decades for an actual reform to come from the work of Spargo and many others. It was not until after the great depression that the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed in 1938, which placed regulations on the age children had to be to work.
Pictures and Qoutes
Work Cited Page
Current Domestic Issue
Children often worked long hours in dangerous factory conditions for very littel money. Children were useful as laborers because their size allowed them to move in small places in factories or mines where adults couldnt fit,children were easier to manage and control and perhaps most importantly children could be paid less than adults. Child laborers often worked to help support their family.It took a market crash to finally sway public opiunion during the Great
Depression
Pictured above (top left) are four children who have to work at least six hour days in the factories to provide for their family. The top right picture, it shows a business owner "eating" children to symbolize child labor. W.D. Haywood said, "The worst theif is he who steals the playtime of children." Malala Yousafzai, a girl who experienced working in the factories said this, "I dreamt of a country where education would previal.
http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/immigrant-children.htm
http://darrylthomas.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/the-shame-of-indias-child-labor/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Spargo
http://www.lornebair.com/pictures/15675.jpghttp://www.history.com/topics/child-labor
Kwame Adaboh
Mara McFarland
Marissa Jaggi
Rayshell Lewis
A problem now today is teachers being treated unfairly. Teachers sit and watch kids, educate them, and counsil them and are still mistreated.
Lower Wages- average starting pay for a michigan teacher is $34,724 per year.
Evaluated on state wide test scores and a preview of part of their class. Example: MEAP and ISTEP
No personal days
Are seen as good people until someone's child is failing or not passing a test in that teacher's class.

Conclusion
John Spargo helped make people aware of the labor children were doing.
Child labor was harsh in the 1800's
Children were working long ours for 6 days a week and were paid a very little amount.
Many people, a part of the middle class, were unaware of the work the children were being put under.
In someways life then is like life now. People have a "businessman" telling them what to do, for however much they say.
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