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Most of the child labor laws are nearly 100 years old. Farms were isolated and there wasn't a ready pool of labor available to work on them. Farmers' income is also very variable and they couldn't necessarily afford to pay for help. Businesses located in towns had a larger labor pool to draw from. There was also a secondary objective of providing jobs to those who had to support themselves and their families.


I understand that is when and why they were started.

However, in the late 1960's in Washington you could work at 9. That's less than 100 years ago. I'm not sure when it was raised to 12.

I'm not talking about 8 hour days or forced labor, just a little job for a little spending money. Why should they be allowed to deliver papers and not sweep a floor....silly.

I just think they have gone too far.

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