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My Great Grandfather Was In The Coal Mines at 12 Years Old! Isn't That Abuse?

Only in our era.

In the early 1900s and before, if you wanted to eat, children were working long before we do today. It was an accepted part of life when work was expected of you. 

Children saw their older brothers working at 12 and 13, and they knew that was their road as well. It was the normal conversation around the supper table.

Wages were extremely low, women did not work outside the home, and families didn't all live on a self-sufficient farm.

People did what had to do in days gone by, and the cry of abuse was not in the conversation. That is a modern attitude in a society whereby children are fewer, wages are far higher, and play is more the viewpoint of society.

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