The Children's Employment Commission: History - The Children's Employment Commission History \u25cf Regulation of child labor began in 1788 with Chimney

The Children's Employment Commission: History - The...

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The Children's Employment Commission: History Regulation of child labor began in 1788 with Chimney Sweepers Act Factories Regulation Act 1833 Minimum age for all workers in textile mills (9 yrs) Set limits to hours of work for women and children based on age groups Royal Commission (1842/43) to check the mines and factories Illustrations of the horrible conditions children were in Stories of their hard labor and treatment Elizabeth Browning: "The Cry of the Children" = response to this exposure First illustration is worker dragging a corve 200-500 lbs attached to this person by a CHAIN Passageways in the mine were sometimes only 16 in high Second illustration is thruster: pushes the corve Trapper: super young kids (5-6yrs old) sit alone in darkness to open/close the doors for the mines ventilation First Report of the Commissioners, Mines Peggy/ Margaret telling the story Told by the child mine worker 9 years old Works about 12+ hours every day 7am-6/7pm Basically no food or time to eat Porridge and piece of muffin in morning A dry muffin for lunch where she still has to keep working while eating Gets a little bit of dinner at home Have no clocks to tell the time and just work for hours on end Flogged while working Bosses flog them a lot and make them cry; mistreated Used to be 4 girls working but one left bc bellyache that seems to be common Commissioner Scriven's commentary 3 girls and 3 boys arrived to take him into the mine further They were the hurriers They were basically completely naked except shirts He couldn't even tell their genders because of the darkness "system of unchristian cruelty"

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