Dirty Job For Kids
Can you imagine working long hours each day, six or seven days a week in a coal mine?
Well, less than one hundred years ago, many American children did just that. Before 1842, there were no protection laws, nor limits for the age of child labor.
If you lived at that time and were the son or daughter of a wealthy family, you would probably spend your days much as you do now, at school. However, if you were the son or daughter of poor parents or immigrants, your life would be much different. You would work to help earn money for your family.
You couldn't imagine worse working conditions than that of a coal miner.
From ages as young as four years old, children were paid to pull giant loads of coal through tiny shafts.
Children made perfect carriers because their short stature allowed them to crawl around two foot tunnels in the Earth.
Makes cleaning up your room and taking out the trash seem really easy.