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Pennsylvania adopts the nation's first state child labor law

Pennsylvania, 1857, zoomable map
03/28/1848
Governor Francis Shunk of Pennsylvania signed the nation's first state child labor law.  It prohibited the employment of children under the age of twelve in commercial labor. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 164.

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