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the great depression: child labor in the 1930's
Transcript of the great depression: child labor in the 1930's
-girls got scalped
-boys lost fingers in the coal mines
-crushed or smothered to death in the mines -match, nail, textile factories
-iron/coal miners, gas plants, shipyards
-farms, chimney sweeper -12 hours or more a day
-60 hours a week -$0.40 - $1.10 a night
-In the later 1930s a $0.40 minimum wage was established -Ages 6-18 -Children working full-time jobs received very little schooling
-Only the wealthy could afford or find time for an education -the parents did not want children working
-so desperate for money -children did not want to work so some ran away and became known as "box car children" -girls had to work around big sowing machines
-boys had to handle large objects that were dangerous
-the more children that worked, the worse the conditions -1.5 to 2 million under 15 years old
-almost 60,000 in New York -could not work before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
-summer vacation: 10 hours instead of 12
-no more than 3 hours if one went to school http://www.history.com/topics/labor/videos#the-fight-to-end-child-labor Relations to "To Kill a Mockingbird" Get the idea of what the children's lives were in the 1930's