Essay on Child Labor During The Industrial Revolution

1513 Words May 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout the American Industrial Revolution, child labor in industries such as textiles, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, laboring, street work, and domestic work was endemic in the United States. Several factors, including mechanization, urbanization, industrialization, poverty, labor shortages, and lack of regulation were the primary causes for this increase in child labor. Children, as young as three years old, worked from sunrise to sunset in factories, mines, fields, and mills where conditions were excruciating. The arduous work resulted in myriad deleterious effects, namely, afflictive injuries, pitiful deaths, and bleak futures. In order to curtail the abusive conditions, numerous people championed the rights of child laborers and ultimately achieved their concordant goal of gaining federal regulation of minimum employment ages, permissible types of jobs, and duration of work hours for youths.
The main causes for the increase in child labor during the Industrial Revolution were particularly unique: They weren’t random, separate, and independent features that just happened to be contemporaneous; they worked in tandem.
Both prior to and during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, the overall standards of living in the United States were squalid. The general populace––particularly the working class––lived in poverty, whereas the upper class––the few big business owners––were abundantly prosperous (8). Most people resided in small, rural communities,…

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