Opponents of child labor, like the NCLC, represented one point of view. But others saw child labor differently, especially if young workers were helping their families survive. Take a look at these documents to see how supporters of child labor presented their point of view -- Do you think they make their case?
General B. F. Butler, 1883 comments, NY Times, Feb. 11, 1884

Licensing Newsboys and Newsgirls, NY Times, Mar. 10, 1903

Pennsylvania Miners, NY Times, June 28, 1903

Child Labor and Liberty, NY Times, Mar. 23, 1904

Textile Worker Conditions, NY Times, Jan. 22, 1912

David Clark's Defense of Child Labor

The Manufacturers Record, 1924