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Author Schmidt, James D

Title Industrial violence and the legal origins of child labor / James D. Schmidt

Publ Info New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
 PC  KF3552 .S36 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  KF3552 .S36 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  KF3552 S36 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxiii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Cambridge historical studies in American law and society
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Machine generated contents note: Prologue: the job; 1. Big enough to work; 2. The divine right to do nothing; 3. Mashed to pieces; 4. Natural instincts; 5. An injury to all; 6. The dawn of child labor; Epilogue: get up and play
Note "Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor challenges existing understandings of child labor by tracing how law altered the meanings of work for young people in the United States between the Revolution and the Great Depression. Rather than locating these shifts in statutory reform or economic development, it finds the origin in litigations that occurred in the wake of industrial accidents incurred by young workers. Drawing on archival case records from the Appalachian South between the 1880s and the 1920s, the book argues that young workers and their families envisioned an industrial childhood that rested on negotiating safe workplaces, a vision at odds with child labor reform. Local court battles over industrial violence confronted working people with a legal language of childhood incapacity and slowly moved them to accept the lexicon of child labor. In this way, the law fashioned the broad social relations of modern industrial childhood"--Provided by publisher
LC subject Child labor -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History
Workers' compensation -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History
Industrial safety -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History
Child labor -- United States -- History
ISBN 9780521198653
9780521155052 (pbk.)
0521155053 (pbk.)