Child Labor was very common throughout all of america during the 1800s-1900s
The Children started working in factories as young as 4 years old, working as long as 12 hours a day five days a week!
Although the children worked long hard hours, the jobs in the factories were tolerable, requiring little effort and muscle strength.
But even if the jobs were tolerable, a four year old working for 12 hours is outrages and needed to change.
The government finally recognized that these jobs were still way too harsh for young children and decided to make some changes, which include....
1812- Health and Morals of Apprentices act - - Limited working hoursto 12 hours a day1833- Factory act - - Children under 9 can not work in factories - 10-14 limited to 48 hours a week 1878- Factory act - - No child under ten can be employed - Women cannot work more than 56 hours a week.
30 years later, the children of America sat in classrooms instead of factories. Even though it took longer than it should have, children no longer are enslaved to factories working under brutal conditions.