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Ralph Tennal, editor of the Sabetha Herald, wrote this letter to the governor complaining about a recent visit from an inspector who had ordered local merchants to comply with child labor laws. Tennal refers specifically to children who helped run their parents stores on weekends and after school. Tennal believes that "the orders strike me as being out of line with horse sense and out of line with the spirit of the government." He firmly believed that hard work would be of great value to these children. In 1917 the Industrial Welfare Act of 1915 was amended to include these restrictions on child labor: children could not work at night or for more than 8 hours daily or 48 hours weekly, school superintendents were responsible for issuing work permits, and children could not work until they had completed elementary school.

Creator: Tennal, Ralph
Date: November 22, 1917

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This article presents one man's opposition to child labor laws, allowing students to understand why some Kansans opposed the regulation of child labor. It could be grouped with Tennal's second letter to Capper, dated December 2, 1917, and P. J. McBride's response, dated December 8, 1917 (both of which have been selected for this standard).

KS:11th:1.4:Child labor laws (2005)

Item Number: 211799
Call Number: Governor's Correspondence, Capper, Box 10, Folder 3
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211799

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