The Child Workers of the Nation

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Page 44 - The said bureau shall investigate and report to said Department upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of children and child life among all classes of our people, and shall especially investigate the questions of infant mortality, the birth rate, orphanage, juvenile courts, desertion, dangerous occupations, accidents and diseases of children employment, legislation affecting children in the several States and Territories.
Page 24 - The functions of the new bureau as recited in the law are to investigate and report on all matters pertaining to the welfare of children and child life among all classes of our people...
Page 180 - ... read at sight and write legibly simple sentences in the English language, or is exempt by law from such attendance.
Page 171 - No child under fourteen years of age shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work in or in connection with any factory, workshop, mine, mercantile establishment, store, business office, telegraph office, restaurant, hotel, apartment house, or in the distribution or transmission of merchandise or messages.
Page 5 - ... go : sometimes they are thinking about votes at the next election, but oftener they are simply expressing the very common feeling or indifference of the country. The execution of the school laws is largely left to school officers and, without the interested aid of the officers charged with the enforcement of the penal laws, the school officers are pretty nearly helpless. The mercury which measures American public sentiment upon enforcing school attendance is well down to the freezing point. Legislators...
Page 28 - ... our country can produce? I ask you to consider whether this call for the children's interests does not imply the call for our country's interests. Can we afford to take it? Can we afford not to take it? For humanity, for social well-being, for the security of tfce Republic's future, let us bring the child into the sphere of our national care and solicitude.
Page 45 - The said bureau shall investigate and report upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of children and child life, and shall especially investigate the questions of infant mortality, the birth rate, physical degeneracy, orphanage, juvenile delinquency and juvenile courts, desertion and illegitimacy, dangerous occupations, accidents and diseases of children of the working classes, employment, legislation affecting children in the several States and Territories, and such other facts as have a bearing...
Page 178 - Is able to read and write simple sentences in the English language, and has received during such period instruction in reading, spelling, writing, English grammar and geography and is familiar with the fundamental operations of arithmetic up to and including fractions.
Page 139 - It is competent for the state to forbid the employment of children in certain callings, merely because it believes such prohibition to be for their best interest, although the prohibited employment does not involve a direct danger to morals, decency, or of life or limb. Such legislation is not an unlawful interference with the parents' control over the child or right to its labor, nor with the liberty of the child.
Page 25 - Evils that are unknown or underestimated have the best chance for undisturbed existence and extension, and there where light is most needed, there is still darkness. Ours is, for instance, the only great nation which does not know how many children are born and how many die in each year within its borders ; still less do we know how many die in infancy of preventable diseases ; how many blind children might have seen the...

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