Working-Class Children

Working-Class Children

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  • Unless they came from a wealthy family, most children in the 1800s had to help their families make a living from an early age. Today, in some parts of Canada, children's chores can still include farming activities.
  • Children all ages were forced to work in farms and in mills, factories, and mines. Children spent most of their days working in dangerous work conditions.
  • I am so tired. 
  • Why are we forced to work at a young age?
  • Children did the same work as adults but for lower wages.
  • Children also had to work in mines. Britain had laws that protected children in dangerous jobs such as mining. By 1842, boys under the age of 10 and girls were banned from working in mines. However, the British North American colonies did not have such laws. Children as young as 7 and 8 were often sent to work.
  • In New Brunswick young girls as young as 10 worked for low wages cleaning and preparing the catch for fish merchants. They did this work in addition to their chores at home, such as looking after younger siblings and cooking.
  • The food should be almost done.
  • Is the food ready yet?
  •  Children had to work because they had to help their families make a living. In the 1800s children's work was generally harder and more dangerous than children's work today. Children shouldn't be forced to work because they should experience their childhood like every other child has.                                                                                     The End!
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