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child labor

the gainful employment of children below an age determined by law or custom.
Origin of child labor
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A sinister aspect of this is revealed by Theresa Wolfson's study of child-labor in the beet-fields of Michigan.

    The Pivot of Civilization Margaret Sanger
  • In some instances contracts were returned because of the child-labor clause.

  • A few years ago the women of Georgia found a way to introduce into the legislature a child-labor law.

    What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr
  • The only thing that threatens it is child-labor legislation in the South, the tariff, and the control of the supply of cotton.

  • child-labor, too, has the worst possible influence on children, both physically and morally.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Woman displaces man, and, in her turn, woman is displaced by younger folks and child-labor.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • The stench of the slums is nothing to the stench of the child-labor iniquity.

  • The labor unions and the reformers work together to put an end to sweating and child-labor.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • Now we hold a child-labor law before youth tempted by industry.

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