The history and future of child labor in the U.S.
Child labor has been practiced throughout history, reaching its pinnacle during the industrial revolution when miserable working conditions and a lack of safety codes were ubiquitous.
It wasn't until the Depression that society started to limit child labor, and that was because so many adults were desperate for jobs.
Now a labor shortage is turning the tables, with more than a dozen states including Ohio working to loosen regulations for child labor.
All of this is happening while recent Justice Department investigations have found several companies violated existing child labor laws.
- Lauren Kaori Gurley, reporter for Washington Post
- Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago
- Dan Bowling, Professor of Law, Duke University
- David Weil, Professor of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
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