Remarkable Photos of Child Labor During the Industrial Revolution
The reading, "Child Labor and Factory Acts" discussed the decline of child labor that occurred as the laws began to be set into place. There was also a decline in child labor in 1835 when the technology changed from water to steam power in the factories.
September 15, 1845: Earlier in the year, 5,000 women cotton mill workers in and around Pittsburgh go on strike for a 10-hour day and an end to child labor. Months into the strike, hundreds marched on the Blackstock Mill, one of the largest in the area. The women broke down the factory's gates and forcibly expelled the scabs, while the men who accompanied them kept the police at bay.