by Mindy Golub, Lake Forest College

In the Progressive Era, the plight of child labor was brought to a national level. An expanded and candid picture of child labor was painted for the American people, particularly through "muckrakers" and their journalism. The goal of this Webquest is to enable students to discover the rationales and realities of child labor during this time period.


Child Labor or Child Slavery?:

An Examination of America's Youngest Workers During the Progressive Era



 Manuel, 5 years old, shrimp picker, working since the age of four

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