Summary of This Act
Children are bundles of joy, and the future of our society. If your a parent or a grandparent, imagine your child or grandchild going to work at factories, mills mines, facilities, etc., with hazardous machines in a dangerous environment.
Child labor is a global problem, that has to be controlled. It began in the early 19th century. More than 2 million children under the age of 16 were child laborers. Most of them worked 12 hours or more a day, and 6 days a week for practically nothing under unhealthy and dangerous conditions.
The ages varied for the children working. A three year old can be found in the cotton fields, a 12 year old on factory night shift, and these kids were deprived from education because they had to work for a living.
Since 1924 child labor has been illegal in the U.S. The reason it started was because of Word War I, due to shortage of workers. Young boys and girls were put to work on dangerous machines. Factory owners hired children over adults because they are cheaper and can fit into tiny places that they couldn't. They called this cheap labor.