Most children of the time were unable to enjoy the

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childhood as well. Most children of the time were unable to enjoy the years of their youth and were forced to put away their playing toys and contribute to the family’s income. It is noted that the epidemic of child labor didn’t become a social concern until the introduction of the machine era which caused child labor to “become synonymous with slavery” (Spargo, 127). With massive factories being built, factory owners now demanded thousands of workers which in turn caused the demand for child labor to be at an all time high. “A New England mechanics convention estimated in 1832 that about 2/5 th of the total number of workers were children. But by 1910 the number had risen to nearly 2 million” (Meltzer, 26-27). Most of these children were under the age of 12. The photos in this slide represent the harmfulness of child labor and the pain that it caused the children. These children depicted in two of the photos look to be of ages 5-6 and probably barely know how to read yet they are forced to work 55 hour work weeks for as little as 60 cents an hour. This exemplifies not only the poverty level of their children and their families but it also causes us as the viewer to realize the constant state
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