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Letter against Child Labor Amendment

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During the 68th Congress, more than 20 bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for a constitutional amendment prohibiting child labor. George S. Cox was proprietor of a company that manufactured hair cloth, a stiff fabric used for upholstery and clothing. He wrote to the Judiciary Committee Chairman George S. Graham on April 7, 1924, arguing against a constitutional amendment that would not allow children to work if younger than 16 years. Mr. Cox further explained in the letter that: “If the children do not get to work until after they are 16 years of age, our experience has taught us that they will not work at all, and that the nation thereby will be raising an inordinate quantity of loafers.” Although the proposed constitutional amendment was unsuccessful, child labor was outlawed in 1938 through the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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