- Created: Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:05
By Kelly Ross
Before labor unions secured many of the child labor laws we have in place today, children like the Breaker Boys were sent to coal-breaking factories to work long hours in unimaginable conditions. Breaker Boys were responsible for breaking coal into pieces and removing any impurities such as rocks from the fast moving and dangerous conveyor belts. These boys were usually between the ages of 8 and 12. However, some Breaker Boys began work in the factories as young as 5 years old.