Child Labor in America

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One of the biggest social issues to arise from the Industrial Revolution was the use of child labor in many of the factories and newly founded industries.  During the Industrial Revolution, children were often put to work in factories for long hours, and they were often very desired as employees since they could be paid less, made to work longer hours, and their smaller hands and feet made them capable of reaching into newly made manufacturing machines.

Children were put to work in the mining industry, in textile factors, printers, mills, and as newsies.

Due to the high demands of the job, children would often become injured or get ill due to the various diseases that could spread around housing projects and in the factories themselves.  While organizations were set up to help protect children from mistreatment when working, they were often ineffective.  It would not be until after World War I that laws prohibiting child labor would be drafted and passed.