Speech to the American Association for Labor Legislation, December 29, 1924 (excerpts)


Jane Addams Hits At State's Rights

CHICAGO, Dec. 29. -- (AP) -- The task of obtaining new laws to meet the changing conditions of labor and industry was discussed at the opening session of the eighteenth annual meeting of the American Association for Labor Legislation.

Miss Jane Addams "talked on the task of obtaining legal readjustments required by industrial changes," and William Draper Lewis, director of the American Law Institute, discussed "the [adoption] of the law to changing economic conditions."

"The shibboleth of states' rights is again being raised by the proponents of child labor in order to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment forbidding such labor," said Miss Addams. "State movements toward abolition of child labor have been ineffective and the only hope lies in federal and international measures."

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