Ellis Island: Reformers Of The Progressive Era

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The opening of Ellis Island in 1892, help flood America with immigrants from different parts of the world. Most immigrants were attracted to America, because of the job opportunities that was offered and the thought of starting a new life. Many immigrants had a idea of what America was like,but it would be soon changed after the immediate departure from the island. With no shelters and little money after leaving Ellis Island, most immigrants were homeless and with no money. The luck of finding a job would change with the widespread need of workers in the coal mine, steel, and oil industry, but with both parents of a immigrant family barely pulling in enough money for their family, some parent ignore the need of an education for their children…show more content…
Children were used for their size which allowed them to crawl into small spaces in coal mines and work in tight areas in factories, where adults couldn't fit. The jobs that immigrant children had were dangerous and most of the time life threatening. Most companies forced children to work in unsafe environment, where they would be held against their will and forced to with no breaks. They were paid very little wages for the time and work they did. Reformers of the Progressive era wanted to make a change that would help meliorate the lives of coal miners, factory workers, and primarily the children. Reformers believed immigrant and American children should be safeguarded from dangerous environments, so they would one day become productive and healthy adults. They're objective was to create programs that would eliminate the participation of children in industries and expand their participation in extracurricular activities and education. There weren't no employment age laws…show more content…
A lot of reformers live and family were threatened because of their involvement with movement of stopping child labor. In 1924, the United States government took action in attempt to gain power over child labor regulation, but very few states ratified it because of the widespread use of child in the workplace and it never went into effect, but in 1936, Congress passes the Walsh-Healey Act, which states that the government will not condone or purchase any goods made by children. The act had little effect on the United States, because people were still buying and using the things that were made by children. The second of attempt to gain power over child labor regulation in 1937, failed just like the attempt in 1924, but this time it was only by a few votes, which showed reformer that their hard work to get the American public and government attention to the wrongful use of children in dangerous jobs was being notice, but in the next year reformer goals came true. In 1938, the first regulation in the child labor movement was achieved with passing of the Fair Labor Standard Act. The act set federal laws and standards for children in the

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