h101 response 6

h101 response 6 - Michael Joyce March 5 2008 History 101...

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Michael Joyce March 5, 2008 History 101 Child Labor The regulation of child labor was so controversial in the 1830s and 1840s in Britain because manufacturers didn’t want to cut down on their production by cutting down hours worked by children, while others argued that children were being overworked. John Fielden, a leading cotton manufacturer was one of the few manufacturers that actually wanted to fight for worker’s rights. He brought to the attention of the House of Commons that blacks were emancipated in 1833 and were restricted to being able to work no more than 45 hours in a week. This was thirteen less hours than an English factory child worked in a week. Another person who believed differently than Fielden was Joseph Hume, a radical politician. Hume believed that it was the owner of the factory’s place to set hours and wages for his workers and that the government should have no intervention. He had no regard for the rights of workers and blamed it on the workers themselves for agreeing with the factory owners. He said “Ten hours paid only the expenses of the “plant” and wages if labour, and that if work
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