Child Labor As a Factor in the Increase of Pauperism October 4, 1903
In this speech Jane Addams talks about how Child Labor has ruined the future of those children exposed to it. Jane Addams states “ The boys and girls have a peculiar hue, a color so distinctive that any one meeting them on the street even on Sunday in their best clothes and mixed up with other children who go to school and play out of doors can distinguish almost in an instant the children working in factories. There is also on their faces a something indescribable, a premature anxiety and sense of responsibility which we should declare pathetic if we were not used to it.” Children are taken out of school as early as first grade to start working and they are broken down and tired unlike the other children. Since these children have been working all their lives some begin to tramp instead of work or they become ill from working all their lives.
Addams, Jane, “Child Labor on the Stage, March 11, 1911,” Jane Addams Digital Edition, accessed April 11, 2018, https://digital.janeaddams.ramapo.edu/items/show/7315.