by Sahid Fawaz
Anti-union, anti-regulation types always speak about the utopia that allegedly exists in a free market. Well, over a hundred years ago an unregulated workplace existed in America and it wasn't pretty. And children were among the most innocent of victims of free market greed run amok. These eleven pictures capture that era when children were often sent to work as young 5 years old, with many never getting a chance at education or a normal childhood. It's a good thing that unions and progressives were around to champion the interests of those who couldn't stand up for themselves and finally put an end to child labor for those under 12 years old with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.