- the gainful employment of children below an age determined by law or custom.
Origin of child labor
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for child labor
When a federal law passed curtailing the child-labor abuses, there was finally an opportunity for kids to act their age.Who Invented the ‘Teenager’?
March 14, 2014
Child-labor depresses the wages of adults and the evil grows.The Principles of Economics
Frank A. Fetter
The stench of the slums is nothing to the stench of the child-labor iniquity.They Who Knock at Our Gates
In some instances contracts were returned because of the child-labor clause.America's Munitions 1917-1918
The only thing that threatens it is child-labor legislation in the South, the tariff, and the control of the supply of cotton.The Quest of the Silver Fleece
W. E. B. Du Bois
Woman displaces man, and, in her turn, woman is displaced by younger folks and child-labor.Woman under socialism