The authors of this volume provide discussion on vital issues related to the rights of children in the United States, including: the historical and contextual perspective on the rights of children; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the differing views on children's rights and competencies; and the rights of children within the family, the social service system, the health care system, the educational system, the juvenile justice system and in employment.
Chapter 10: Working it out: The Rights of Children in Employment
Working it out: The Rights of Children in Employment
Oppressive child labor is a problem that, having been ignored and denied, has grown at an astonishing rate. Through a combination of lax enforcement, underfunding, societal apathy, and an influx of immigration, child labor abuse is as bad—and in some areas, worse—than it was in the 1920s.
When Charles Dickens wrote the novel Little Dorrit in 1857, his goal was to dramatize the horrors and injustices of child labor in England at that time. In the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, U.S. employers seeking to cut their costs took advantage of young workers desperate for money, often replicating ...