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The problems surrounding child labor is the fact that their were lots of safety reason, the hours for the young women were very cruel, their were payment concerns, health problems, and poverty reasons.

The start of Child Labor was in 1936 Federal purchasing law passes when Walsh-Healey Act states U.S. government will not purchase goods made by underage children.

As the number of factories grew people from the countryside began to move into the towns looking for better work. The wages of a farm worker were very low and there were less jobs working on farms because of the invention and use of new machines such as threshers.

Also thousands of new machines in mills and foundries and the factory owners built houses for them. Cities filled to overflowing and London was particularly bad. At the start of the 19th Century about 1/5 of Britain’s population lived there, but by 1851 half the population of the country had set up home in London. London, like most cities, was not prepared for this great increases in people. People crowded into already crowded houses. Rooms were rented to whole families or perhaps several families. If there was no rooms to rent, people stayed in lodging houses.

Many factory workers were children. They worked long hours and were often treated badly by the supervisors or overseers. Sometimes the children started work as young as four or five years old. A young child could not earn much, but even a few pence would be enough to buy food.

The coal mines were dangerous places where roofs sometimes caved in, explosions happened and workers got all sorts of injuries. There were very few safety rules. Cutting and moving coal, which machines do now days was done by men, women and children.

The younger children often worked as “trappers” who worked trap doors. They sat in a hole hollowed out for them and held a string which was fastened to the door. When they heard the coal wagons coming they had to open the door by pulling a string. This job was one of the easiest down the mine but it was very lonely and the place were they sat was usually damp and draughty. Older children might be employed as “coal bearers” carrying loads of coal on their backs in big baskets.

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