NCLC supporters made good use of the press to expose child labor as a cruel and abusive system. Take a look at these documents and excerpts to see how they made their case. What kind of evidence do they present? Why or why not is that evidence persuasive?

"Beveridge Would End Child Labor, " NY Times, Jan. 18, 1908

Helen Todd, Why Children Work, April 1913

NCLC Pamphlet, Child Labor Facts for Sermon Use, Jan. 1915
(Courtesy of Women Working, 1800-1930, Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library
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NCLC Pamphlet,The High Cost of Child Labor, Jan. 1915
(Courtesy of Women Working, 1800-1930, Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library)

NCLC Pamphlet, Who Made What You Buy? Jan. 1916
(Courtesy of Women Working, 1800-1930, Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library)

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