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Child Labor in America During the Gilded Age

Henry Josephson and Nick Carroll

Henry Josephson

on 18 December 2012

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The Families The members of upper class families were opposed to it due to its cruelty to the victims of it. The middle class and poor families of the Gilded Age were forced into supporting it to be able to survive. Without child labor, an average job for a poor immigrant wouldn't be able to provide for a family for a day. This forced the kids into working at ages as young as 6. In New York, more poor children worked in factory's then went to public schools. This was a heartbreaking fact that had to be over looked by the parents of these working children. The Government In the eyes of the government, Child Labor was acceptable. Child Labor was a means of expanding family income, yet the government did not condone, and they weren't looking to stop it. The government felt that children receiving education was not mandatory, and that working at an early age was not harming the children in any way. Up until laws and regulations against Child Labor were created, children lacked receiving educations and continued to work in factories. Businesses Businesses were built on Child Labor. Child Labor was key to keeping big businesses and corporations open. They were looking to make large profits and have to pay little. Children were perfect because they were small, and wouldn't think of fighting the businesses for better pay. The government could have taken effect to stop Child Labor, yet they knew that Child Labor kept the businesses running. Businesses would treat Children as older workers, and they would be treated harshly. Businesses thought that Child labor was a crucial part of a successful capitalism in America. Child Labor Was Prominent In The Us During The Gilded Age More than 750,000 children under the age of 15 were working in America in 1870. This number rose up to 2 Million going into the 20th Century. There were three main view points on the situation. The Families, the Governments, and the Big Businesses. Child Labor Henry & Nick Bibliography: Bibliography

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