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Child Labor In America

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Starting in about the 1700s, hand labor was replaced by power driven machines to make jobs easier. The industrial revolution had begun, and families needed a job and money to be able to survive. European immigrants started spreading word that children should work.Eventually factories decided to get kids to work since the machines were easy to operate and didn’t require adult strength.
The jobs in the factories were easy, and factories didn’t have to pay children as much as adults, so the factories took advantage of that. Children had to work an estimate of 12 to 18 hours a day, 6 days a week, to earn no more than a dollar. They didn’t even get to choose what job they wanted to do . These jobs were given based on age and gender, and the youngest of children working were of the age of 7. Some children had to work in large houses 16 hours a day, 7 days a week at a low pay as well. By the year of 1810, 2 million school age students in America were already working 50 to 70 hours a week and by 2006, there were 218 million child laborers all around the world, 126 million engaged in dangerous work. Some boys had to carry loads of hot glass as part of their jobs to earn only up to $1.10 per day! With all these hours of nonstop work, children had no time for play, school or to rest so most of them were uneducated because they had to work in order to support their families.
The children working inside the factories were working under very dangerous conditions. The factories were
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