"Seated on the rough boards and coated with black dust, the breaker boys bent over their work in silence, banging away with their tiny mallets, gathering little piles of slate by their sides. Sean Flannery was a "breaker boy" who longed to join his older brother and father down in the mines. Breaker boys spent their time above ground pulling rocks and slate from coal cars as they rushed by. To accomplish this task these young boys would sit on boards that hung over the coal chutes. "Trapper Boys" opened the doors for speeding coal carts. Often young workers fell or were hit by rushing carts." (Child labor, 1) Child labor through out history has been proven to affect child. Many things have happened in the past, which ruined the lives of children when they became older. Through time society has done many thing to help prevent child labor. In the U.S. laws have been created to stop companies from underpaying their young employees, making sure they aren't hired too young, and to make sure their work is safe. Through time America has lowered the child labor rate, but in today's society it still remain.
Child labor has been around in America since the very beginning. "The rise of child labor in the united states began in the late 1700's and the early 1800's" (Child labor, 1) the employment of children in the United States varied from state to state. Child labor was less extensive in Massachusetts than it was in Rhode Island. Samuel Slater had established the plan of employing families in his mills. The village in Rhode Island was made of up families entirely dependent upon their labor in the mills, and the mill children lived at home with their parents. On the other hand, in towns like Lowell and Waltham in Massachusetts the workers were made up of farmers' daughters that were away from their own homes, and were cared for in boarding houses. The only problem was that the cost of caring for the girls out weighed the amount that the girls could make. Kirk Boott's estimate in 1827 that in six mills employing 1,200 people nine out of ten of the operatives were females and only twenty were as old twelve or fourteen years old. The children were often employed very young. These affect many of the children of from that era. Children couldn't or write. "Furman Owens, 12 years old can't read and doesn't know his ABC's. He said, "yes I want to learn, but can't when I work all the time" (The History place, 1)
When these children got old it made if very difficult for them to get a decent job because they were so unqualified that no one would accept them. For many other children, however, if it wasn't the fact that they couldn't read or they couldn't write, it was the facts that they couldn't perform the task do to some permanent injury. Children grew up an couldn't work because when they were young they lost a hand trying to get a gear un stuck from a machine, or they lost a leg because it got ran over by a coal cart.
In 1904, the National Child Labor...