Originally Posted by Brock
You are right, they were working in mines and shoe factories.
Which was better than begging on the streets for food. Eventually, parents were able to take them out of those places and put them in school as incomes rose—all of which happened before such things were outlawed by the Federal govt. The Federal govt is usually behind the curve.
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” — James Madison