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40 Gripping Images Tell Why Kids Didn't Have A Childhood Back Then
children in developed countries live today? Most of them are probably already used to playing Minecraft or even viewing YouTube videos using their own tablets, smartphones, or laptops. They also have vaccines to guard them against sickness. Likewise, they live in a relatively comfortable home while they play and they have a good school to attend.
But how did
kids live back then? Well, I have the answer for you.
1. Kids back then didn't actually look like the kids of today.
2. In fact, child labour was quite common back in the day.
3. The 19th and 20th centuries still had many kids working in the U.S. and Europe.
4. Child laborers would be in fields, factories, and even in mines.
5. Some of the children worked for as long as 12 hours.
6. Thus, "childhood" was not really a thing.
7. These kids would help in hunting, farming, and in taking care of other kids.
8. Without child labour, their families would not survive.
9. Once you were 13-year-old, you were already considered an adult.
10. Before the industrial age, the average lifespan was short.
11. The pre-industrial societies were also low in productivity.
12. Due to such factors, children were expected to work immediately.
13. Attending school wasn't normal back then.
14. This is because pre-industrial societies didn't have high literacy rates.
15. The skills needed for work were simply taught directly by the adults.
16. However, the Industrial Revolution led to more child labour.
17. The process of industrialization required more labor than ever.
18. The Victorian Era was infamous for how the child workers were treated in it.
19. At just four years old, kids were already in mines and factories.
20. Children who were small enough went through tunnels in mines.
21. Thus, they helped the adults who couldn't go through these tunnels.
22. Some children learned to do errands, shine shoes, and sweep the area.
23. Others would be taught to sell goods such as flowers.
24. In London during the 18th century, there were around 12,000 domestic workers.
25. Children in poor families were expected to work as soon as possible.
26. In the 19th century, nearly a third of the poor families in England had no breadwinners.
27. England and Scotland had many children working in cotton mills.
28. Even the acclaimed author, Charles Dickens, worked when he was just 12 years old.
29. Sadly, some of the children even worked as prostitutes.
30. Laws regulating working hours for children were ineffective in the 19th century.
31. At the start of the 20th century, boys worked in glass-making factories.
32. The boys were exposed to burns, eye irritation, and even lung diseases.
33. They were paid for each piece made, not for every hour.
34. In 1900, the U.S. had around 1.7 million child labourers.
35. Laws that regulated work in factories simply moved children to home-based manufactuers.
36. Millions of families worked every single day.
37. Children worked for long hours and were exposed to harsh working conditions.
38. Thanks to the rise in household income, child labors started to decrease.
39. In addition, more and more schools were built for children.
40. Finally, laws against child labour law helped kids to have an actual childhood.
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