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Story Child Labor—Keating-Owen Act (1916–1918) 5-1

Chapter 2   Assistance to States & Tribes

Eight-year-old gold digger Bill Scott is all set to go to work in the mines in Clarksburg, WV.
Eight-year-old "gold digger" Bill Scott is all set to go to work in the mines in Clarksburg, WV.
Photo Credit: Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-82974
Child Labor—Keating-Owen Act (1916–1918) – The Children’s Bureau’s first administrative responsibility was enforcing the first Federal child labor law, for which Congress appropriated $150,000 in 1917.

This duty was short-lived—the Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional 9 months later. Nonetheless, it set the stage for the Bureau to administer legislative programs, and greater responsibility soon followed.

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