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Children of the Industrial Revolution in Mines
Transcript of Children of the Industrial Revolution in Mines
needed more coal for their stream engines and furnaces. Coal was in high demand and families needed money, so many people moved to London to work in the mines. Children were hired by mining companies and were paid very little for the amount of work that they did at a young age. Children of the Industrial Revolution: Mines The younger children often had the job of being a "trapper", which
opened the doors for the coal carts to travel through. The older children were the "coal bearers" who carried coal on their backs in big baskets, which was usually much to heavy for them to carry. Many small children had back problems and were deformed because of this work. In 1842 The Mines Act was passed which forbid women
and young girls to work in mines.
Soon afterwards it became illegal for boys under 12 to
work in mines.