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Vol. LXXIII

JANUARY, 1925

No. 5

The Truth About the Proposed Federal Child

Labor Amendment

BRUCE M. WATSON Managing Director, The Public Education and Child Labor Association of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

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ESOLVED by the Senate and House of nine or ten or eleven hour day for such chil

Representatives of the United States dren either reduced the day to 8 hours for

of America in Congress assembled such children or were compelled to pay a tax (two-thirds of each house concurring therein), on their net incomes. In states that required That the following article is proposed as an a certificate of physical fitness or an educaamendment to the constitution of the United tional qualification for an employment cerStates, which, when ratified by the legisla- tificate, these requirements were still enforced tures of three-fourths of the States, shall be by the states though the federal law did not valid to all intents and purposes as a part of require them. That is to say, the higher the constitution:

standard was enforced in any case, whether it Article

was set by the state or by Congress. It will Section 1. The Congress shall have

be so under any law passed by Congress under power to limit, regulate and prohibit

the power granted to it by this amendment. the labor of persons under eighteen

The Eighteen-Year Limit years of age.

The 18-year limit was inserted for the sake Section 2. The power of the sev

of definiteness. The amendment might have eral states is unimpaired by this ar

read, “Congress shall have power to limit, ticle except that the operation of state

regulate and prohibit the labor of children.” laws shall be suspended to the extent

But what is a child? Under various statutes necessary to give effect to legislation

a child is defined as a person under 18 years enacted by the Congress.

of age, under 17, under 14, under 10 and under This resolution was passed by a vote of 297

7, and in one case “a person who has not yet to 69 in the House and 61 to 23 in the Senate,

reached the age of discretion.” Under that or practically four to one in the House and

definition many people of mature years and three to one in the Senate. It must now go

some octogenarians could qualify as children. before the legislatures of the different states

Now, is the regulation of child labor to the and be ratified by 36 of them before it becomes

age of 18 a radical extension of the power of a part of the constitution.

Congress? What Does the Amendment Mean?

Every state legislature has power to reguIt means that the states will go right on late the labor of its citizens up to any age. making and enforcing their own child labor

17 states now prohibit the employment of laws, but that Congress will also pass laws boys under 18 as night messengers. setting uniform minimum standards for the

10 states forbid the employment of boys unentire country. The federal law will have no

der 21 as night messengers. effect upon state laws that set standards equal

Over two-thirds of the states forbid the or superior to federal standards. But where the state standard is lower than the federal

employment of boys or girls under 18 in haz

ardous employments. standard, the federal standard will prevail. Under the federal child labor law of 1919,

44 states forbid the employment of women the maximum working day for children under

of any age in stores unless seats are provided. 16 years of age in factories and canneries was Convicts, even, are restricted in most states 8 hours. Employers in states permitting a to a 10-hour or an 8-hour day.

zens.

Why Should We Have Federal Child Labor laws of New York state as well as the state Regulation?

into which the goods are sent. Because children are citizens. A citizen of

Every year, upwards of two thousand chilany state is also a citizen of the United States.

dren go from Philadelphia into the truck farms If any state refuses to provide conditions and anberry bogs of New rsey and miss a whereby its children may grow into strong,

large part of their schooling because they are healthy, intelligent men and women, it is the

beyond the reach of Pennsylvania officers and duty of the nation to step in and see that these

not amenable to New Jersey school laws beconditions are provided.

cause residents of another state. In this way Because the laws of only 13 states measure

the schooling they receive is negligible and they up in all respects to the very low standards

develop rapidly into irregular, casual laborers of the former federal child labor laws.

or hoboes—ignorant and undesirable as citiOne state has for employment in factories

Similar situations occur in the sugar and canneries an age minimum of only 12 beet industries of Colorado and Michigan, years, and two states have no age minimum.

Who Favor the Amendment? Sixteen states permit children under 16 to work in mines.

President Calvin Coolidge has publicly de

clared himself in favor of the amendment. All Only 13 states require an eighth-grade edu

three of the national political conventionscation before a work certificate is granted; 2

Republican, Democratic and Independent-enrequire seventh grade; 9 require sixth grade;

dorsed it in their platforms. 4 require fifth grade; 2 require fourth grade;

National organizations, including the N. E. 7 require no special grade of education and in A., the P. O. S. of A., the American Federa10 states a child may be put to work without

tion of Labor, the National Council of Cathever having attended school a day.

olic Women, the National Council of Jewish 19 states have no minimum standards of Women, the Federal Council of Churches, the physical fitness.

National Consumers' League, the National 3 states permit children of 14 and 15 to Fraternal Congress, the League of Women work 9 hours a day in factories; 6 states 10 Voters and about twenty other organizations hours; 1 state 1074 hours; 1 state 11 hours are solidly behind the amendment. and 1 state 12 hours; and one state has no

Who Oppose Ratification? limit.

The organized opposition comes largely from 4 states have no prohibition of night work

those who have a mercenary interest in the for children under 16.

exploitation of little children. They are the The various state standards rose rapidly people who oppose every attempt in any state during the operation of the federal laws, but legislature to raise the standards of child have advanced very little since the Supreme labor protection. They capitalize every form Court decisions declaring the federal laws un- of fear and prejudice and ignorance. They reconstitutional. At the present rate of progress peat every argument that is urged by anybody it will be many years before the backward

against the amendment except the real one, states will have a fair degree of protection for which is the fear that its ultimate effect will their children, if ever. Georgia, the first state be to diminish the profits of those who employ to act adversely on the amendment, permits child labor in factories, canneries, quarries many thousands of her children from 7 to 13

and other establishments. years of age to miss school entirely in order to

They tell us now that child labor legislation work, and permits the employment of children

is a matter for individual states and that it is under 16 years of age 10 hours a day in fac

wrong for the federal government to meddle tories.

with anything that a state wants to do with its There are, also, certain interstate labor situ- children. But whenever a state legislature ations making it easy for exploiters of chil

proposes to raise its standards of child labor dren to evade the laws of any individual state.

these same people rush in and proclaim that Manufacturers of New York may send their any such regulation is a discrimination against goods into New Jersey, Pennsylvania or any local industries and puts them at a disadother state to be wrought on by children in vantage in competition with similar industries homes or other sweat-shops and thus evade the in other states.

They tell us that it will take away the power of the several States to pass and enforce child labor laws and will discourage the states in bringing up their own standards. Fortunately there has been experience of the effect of federal child labor laws. During the period of operation of those laws, the states made greater advancement in the protection of working children than during any other period; the state labor officials welcomed the help of federal agencies; the federal officers did not go into the states where standards equal to federal standards were enforced, and there was complete co-operation between state and federal agencies.

The National Association of Government Labor Officials, representing most of the states of the Union, on May 4, 1923, passed a resolution urging Congress to submit a child labor amendment, and a year later in Chicago this same body passed a resolution urging the ratification of this amendment.

At the child labor conference in Washington in May, 1924, one after another of the chief labor officials of the country-among them those from Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Louisiana and other states -testified to the splendid co-operation between state and federal officers in enforcement of the federal laws.

They tell us that the constitution is a sacred document as handed down to us by the fathers, and that if this amendment is ratified the very structure of our government will be jeopardized. For the assurance of those who honestly fear that the constitution is in danger of harmful mutilation, it may be pointed out that the first ten amendments were made almost immediately after the original adoption of the constitution and are accepted by everyone as essentially a part of the original constitution and altogether desirable. The next two came very soon afterward and are altogether acceptable.

Now, in 120 years, with all the scientific progress and the social and industrial revolution of that period, only seven amendments have been made. This record, with the added assurance that comes from the safeguards thrown around the process of amendment-a two-thirds vote of each House of Congress and a later ratification by three-fourths of the states-does not warrant the fear that the country will go on a spree of constitutional amendment.

Some people tell us they don't like the 18th amendment and therefore they are against any kind of amendment. That position is as narrow and illogical as to say that because one doesn't like the tariff law he is against the passage of any more laws by Congress.

They tell us that it will create a huge body of high salaried enforcement officers who will swell enormously the public payroll and will swoop down upon the defenseless states, taking from them the privilege they now have of enforcing the child labor regulations. History refutes this. In the enforcement of the child labor act of 1916 by the Federal Children's Bureau only 51 employes were engaged and the total appropriation for this purpose for 1919, made just before the act was nullified by the Supreme Court, was $125,000. Instead of interference with state authority, there was complete co-operation and state legislation and enforcement were stimulated rather than retarded.

They tell us that if this amendment is adopted Congress will immediately pass a law prohibiting every person in the United States under 18 years of age from doing any work; that if this amendment is ratified it will be impossible for Johnny to milk the cow and hoe the garden or for Mary to wash the dishes and feed the hens; that "it will establish enforced loafing of the entire population of the country under 18 years of age.”

Thousands of good citizens who either have never seen the amendment or have never read it discriminatingly are under the impression that these statements are true.

What Is the Real Truth? In the first place, this amendment, if ratified, will not of itself change the status of any child in America. It will not make a lawbreaker of any employer who is now employing children legally or of any child now legally employed.

The amendment will merely give Congress power to pass a child labor law that will be constitutional. Congress is no more likely to pass an extreme or unreasonable child labor law than are the several state legislatures.

Congressmen's ears are always at the ground to sense public opinion. This is the great safeguard in a republic.

You may believe that all Congressmen are politicians; that they are grafters; even that they own shares of oil stock; but you will never charge that they are an aggregation of half-wits; and none but a Congress of imbeciles would ever enact "a law to forbid the employment of any person in the United States under the age of 18," or a law that will establish “enforced loafing of the entire population of the country under 18 years of age.”

What would happen politically to a Congressman who had voted for such a bill or to a President who had signed it?

Every one of these Congressmen knows and every one of their constituents knows that children ought to work at a proper age at suitable tasks and in the right way. Nobody has ever asked for a law that will prevent this. No state has ever proposed legislation restricting the employment of children on farms by their own parents and no federal Congress will take such a step. And yet the opponents of this measure are insidiously spreading this propaganda among the farmers of America and trying to make them believe that the ratification of this amendment means an invasion of their homes.

OUR COVER Our cover page this month, for all that it's a game, bears a vital message: FIGHT! PENNA. STATE TEACHERS NO CHILD LABOR HIS DUE

EACH CHILD A RESOURCE We hope you have been able to solve the crossword puzzle but, lest you spend sleepless nights in the coming month pondering its mazes, we print the answers here:

Horizontal 1. Being—(is) 2. Detail— (item) 4. Consumption- (abbr.) (t. b.) 6. Child's characterization of cheating-(no

fair) 7. A golf term-(tee) 9. An exclamation-(ha) 10. Therefore—(so) 11. Fabric-(scrim) 12. Expression of inquiry-(eh) 14. A girl's name (Edna)

Vertical 3. "It Ain't Goin' To Rain No...."(Mo') 5. Portable frames—(biers) 8. A chief minister of Ahasuerus—(Haman) 11. An Old Testament character-(Seth) 13. Not good—(bad) 14. Plural suffix-(es)

Solved Itt (R. S. T.)

What Can I Do?" Pennsylvania teachers represent the best intelligence of their respective communities. They are trusted by children and parents as no other people are trusted. Let them tell the truth about the amendment to legislators who will vote upon it, and to citizens generally whose wishes those legislators respect, and thus assure ratification in Pennsylvania.

Crude teachers talk-talk entirely too much. Clever teachers do. Inadequate teachers strut, utter large language, look very severe, and announce with magnificent positiveness what they will stand and what they will not stand. They are a challenge, an incentive to every boy with manhood in him to put them to the test, to see how much of it is bluff. Nothing could be less promising for future peace of mind. Skillful teachers do not threaten and do not challenge to misbehavior. They begin their work with swift, businesslike activity; everybody is busy, very busy, before he fairly realizes it. And the work is novel and interesting. Able teachers govern by providing, not by suppressing, action. Instead of the utterly hopeless undertaking of trying to force live boys and girls to be spineless and passive, they substitute—from the first dayconstructive, controlled activity as a phase of learning, engaged in with the encouragement and guidance of the teacher and as a co-partnership between the teacher and all the pupils. - Peabody Journal of Education.

IN ENGLAND 301. YEARS AGO To Perswade Every One to Learne to Singe

First it is a knowledge easely taught, and quickly learned where there is a good Master, and an apt Scoller.

2. The exercise of singing is delightful to Nature and good to preserve the health of Man.

3. It doth strengthen all the parts of the brest, and doth open the pipes.

4. It is a singular good remedie for a stutting and stammering in the speech.

5. It is the best means to procure a perfect pronunciation and to make a good Orator.

6. It is the onely way to know where Nature hath bestowed the benefit of a good voyce; which guift is so rare, as there is not one among a thousand, that hath it; and in many, that excellent guift is lost, because they want Art to expresse Nature.

7. There is not any Musicke of Instruments whatsoever, comparable to that which is made of the voyces of Men, where the voyces are good, and the same well sorted and ordered.

8. The better the voyce is, the meeter it is to honour and serve God there-with; and the voyce of man is chiefly to be employed to that ende.

Since singing is so good a thing
I wish all men would learne to sing.

-William Byrd, A. D. 1623.

At the White House silence does not mean vacuity-Time.

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