child labor

July 7, 1903: "March of the Mill Children"

Labor organizer Mary Harris "Mother" Jones led the "March of the Mill Children" over 100 miles from Philadelphia to Pres. Theodore Roosevelt's Long Island summer home in Oyster Bay, New York, to publicize the harsh conditions of child labor and to demand a 55-hour work week. It is during this march, on about the 24th, she delivered her famed "The Wail of the Children" speech. Roosevelt refused to see them.

The Autobiography of Mother Jones

Children Go Where I Send Thee: Die.



Photo: Breaker Boys © Louis Hine @ Child Labor - U. Iowa.edu

1938: For the first time, minimum ages of employment and hours of work for children are regulated by federal law

2008:

One afternoon last fall, the 17-year-old Guatemala native ran a machine to grind damaged pallets into mulch. When a co-worker at the Greensboro plant returned from another task, he didn't see Nery – until he looked inside the shredder. “A person shouldn't die like this,” said older brother Luis. “…He came with a dream and found death.” [Ames Alexander+Franco Ordonez/CharlotteObserver: Child labor going largely unchecked]