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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Child Labor: 1900's to Now Timeline By 1900, almost 18% of the paid labor force was made up of child laborers, but a steep drop occurred because of laws passed in 28 states by 1899. For instance, Massachusetts was the first state to pass a child labor law in 1836. When the Industrial Revolution began, child labor became a huge part of the labor force in factories. From 1900 to 1920, the number of child workers steadily decreased. The child laborers were mostly involved in agriculture and manufacturing. Mother Jones was a influential figure in regards to regulations of child labor. Because of the long hours and low wages of the children participating in child labor, she began a movement in Pennsylvania to institute a national child labor law in 1903. Although she neversaw the law pass, Mother Jones was a crucial part of instituting child labor reform, which became law in 1938. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 instituted many regulations on child labor, such as the fact that children under 14 may not be employed and children between 16 and 18 may be employed for unlimited hours in non-hazardous occupations. Some exceptions to these rules exist, such as employment by parents and newspaper delivery. The regulations for agricultural employment are generally less strict, allowing children to work unlimited number of hours on a farm if a parent or guardian works that same farm.
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