Child Labor

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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...
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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...
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