The Child Labor Amendment, 1924–1934

Archive Report

Revival of Federal Child Labor Amenment

The child labor amendment, submitted to the states by Congress in 1924 for ratification as a part of the federal Constitution, has now been pending for nearly ten years. The amendment would give power to Congress to “limit, regulate, and prohibit the labor of persons under eighteen years of age.” It was approved by the House of Representatives April 26,1924, and by the Senate June 2, 1924.

From 1924 to 1932 the amendment was ratified by the legislatures of only six states. It was rejected during this period by one or both houses of the legislatures of 32 states, and at the end of 1932 was generally regarded as lost.1 In 1933, however, the amendment was ratified by the legislatures ...

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