Statement on Child Labor Day, January 20, 1920 (excerpt)


To Observe Child Labor Day

Child Labor Day will be observed by churches, January 25, synagogues, January 24, and schools and clubs, January 26. In this connection Jane Addams says: “Because certain states have secured satisfactory legislation for the protection of children, it is easy to assume that it is no longer necessary to push child labor reform and similar measures, forgetting the wretched conditions still obtaining in vast areas of the United States. One day set aside for the discussion of the needs of children viewing the subject in its higher moral aspects and urging a furtherance of child welfare as a religious duty would, to my mind, ­­be most valuable.”

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