Presented below are two timelines tracking the major social and legislative landmarks in the fight to end child labor, a fight championed by Jane Addams. Including both state and federals laws, as well as key successes and major failures, these timelines are a comprehensive and in-depth look at Addams’ and others in the struggle to secure the right to childhood.

The two timelines, one a legislative narrative and the other a chronology of social efforts behind the child labor movement, were established for comparative purposes. The juxtaposition of the two timelines allows viewers the opportunity to see how the social movements undergirded the legislative action.

Legislation Timeline

Social Movements Timeline