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Child Labor. The Coal Workers Greasers : little boys who were responsible for greasing the wheels of the mining carts.

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child labor
Child Labor
  • The Coal Workers
    • Greasers: little boys who were responsible for greasing the wheels of the mining carts.
    • Trappers: These boys were responsible for keeping the air in the chambers of the mines where the men were working. Often they would sit in the dark for hours, opening the doors to let air and carts in and out of the mine shafts.
    • Breaker Boys: were responsible for breaking apart the chunks of coal into workable pieces.
Textille Mills
    • Children worked from 7am- 6pm.
    • Dangerous occupation.
    • Ages 5 and up.
    • Some children became flat footed due to the long hours of standing upright.
    • Denied schooling and some didn’t even know who George Washington was!!
  • Small houses or shops were many people worked in claustrophobic conditions.
  • Often tenament housing. Children were as young as five, cutting buttons and picking up scraps.
who was in charge of reform
Leaders of the Strikes.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a 21-year-old organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World.

American Federation of Labor.

Flynn, Big Bill Haywood and other IWW leaders.

Mary Jones- strong leader whose husband was killed in a factory.

Who was in charge of reform?