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Child Labor in America

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John A. Fliter is associate professor of political science at Kansas State University. He is the coauthor of Fighting Foreclosure: The Blaisdell Case, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression (Kansas).


"Fliter chronicles the century-long struggle in the United States, complicated by the structural constraints of American constitutionalism, to abolish the social evil of child labor. By the mid-twentieth century, reformers had forged a national consensus and secured state and federal laws to keep children in school and out of unsafe workplaces, but that consensus is unraveling. This timely history is a wake-up call for twenty-first-century Americans."--David S. Tanenhaus, author of The Constitutional Rights of Children: In re Gault and Juvenile Justice, 50th Anniversary Edition "In this detailed and clearly written book, John A. Fliter focuses on child labor as a legal and administrative issue at both the state and federal levels. The book's greatest contribution is its comprehensive approach, which starts in the 1840s and continues up to the present day when child labor laws have once again come under fire. This immediately becomes one of the most useful books on American child labor law."--James Marten, professor of history at Marquette University and former president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth "Child Labor in America provides an invaluable history of the movement to establish federal regulation of child labor. It connects previously disconnected parts of that story into a comprehensive and accessible whole. It will prove to be an outstanding resource for general readers who want an introduction to this subject and to educators who teach politics and constitutional law."--James D. Schmidt, author of Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor

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