The Issue Of Child Labor Laws

1461 Words Mar 11th, 2016 6 Pages
The United States of America has always been deeply ideologically split on the idea of child labor. On the one side, many people believe that children benefit from long hard hours at work because it prepares them for the real world unlike the ability of school. Along with the growth of the child, they also believe that it would create large economical growth throughout the nation. Among the many people that believe this are two of hour founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln. On the other side of the argument, many people feel that children are to innocent to work for these long hours. They also tend to express how school and learning is much more vital to the child than manual labor, for it will help them much more in the long run. For example, in U.S. Supreme Court Case, Prince v. Massachusetts, the court defended child labor laws based on these exact reasons. The question as to which of these opinions is more valid is still commonly contemplated to this very day. In my opinion, the child should not be forced to work if they would rather spend their time studying, however a child that wants to work should not be lawfully unable to do so. As Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln have individually expressed, there are many people that believe that children should be incorporated into the workforce. In his “Report on Manufactures” in 1795, Alexander Hamilton expresses how he believes that children should be continued to be sent to colonial America,…
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