Children at work
By: Abby Bray hr 1

April 4 2014

I have chosen this word because i think it’s interesting that if children weren't smart enough they would be forced to drop out of school and go work in a factory. Today we have to go to school whether your smart or not. Back in 1870 children as young as six years old worked in factories for little or no pay. They worked about 19 hours a day with a one hour total break. They would have to work with dangerous machines that had often causes injuries or killed a kid on the job. The treatment they received was no better they would be beaten if late or not working up to quota. If that's not bad enough the children's safety was never put into consideration with what machine they worked with or their working conditions. Not until 1833 was their a step to improve the conditions. The factory act limited the hours that certain children could work. They were very specific to have children 9 to 13 years of age were only allowed to work 8 hours a day. Those 14 to 18 years of age could not work more than 12 hours a day. Children under 9 were not allowed to work at all. I compare what it was like back then to now, it’s so different and interesting that's why i chose the word Children at work.

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