Reply To: Unions & Child Labor in Antebellum America


In general, striking was intermittently disallowed by court injunctions prior to federal legislation legalizing it. I can’t say this general subject is my bailiwick, however.

Yes, child labor was common until relatively recently (that is, the last few generations). There’s interesting treatment of this issue in Tom Woods’ 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask.