Child Labor in the Progressive Era


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Why did labor unions oppose child labor?

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1. What happened when many northern states passed stricter child labor laws, but southern states did not?

2. What happened to the Keating-Owen Act?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Child labor existed during the Progressive Era, and it had all sorts of effects. To see what you know about these effects and the Keating-Owen Act, be sure to use the quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can analyze your knowledge of the following topics:

  • How Newsies responded when their wages were going to be cut
  • Why children engaged in child labor
  • The reason labor unions opposed child labor
  • Consequence of northern states passing stricter child labor laws when the southern states did not
  • What happened to the Keating-Owen Act

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about why children participated in child labor
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what happened to the Keating-Owen Act and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on the Progressive Era and child labor

Additional Learning

If you go through the lesson titled Child Labor in the Progressive Era, you can keep learning. Some other topics you'll get to review include:

  • The rise of industrialization
  • What the Progressive Era was marked by
  • Opposition to child labor
  • Child labor reform