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Tonight while we sleep several thousand little girls will be working in textile mills The United States industrialized in the 19th and 20th centuries and because of it several Americans grew proud of their prospering economy Nevertheless industrialization also meant the rise of monopolies and large corporations that were responsible of poor working conditions All the while unions formed to protect the work force child labor was generally accepted throughout America For this reason US social worker and reformer Florence Kelley in her speech to the NAWSA reveals to her audience the harsh conditions found in child labor She adopts an informative yet poignant tone as she presents her message of reforming child labor laws With concrete examples evocative imagery and subtle irony the audience becomes aware of Kelleys underlying messages Florence Kelley begins her speech by exposing the inhumane conditions that working children had to face in the early 20th Century She makes it clear that the issues of child labor are relevant to most American citizens it is not only in the South that these things occur but also in New Jersey laws permit fourteen-year-old boys and girls to enjoy the pitiful privilege of working all night long Kelley also points out that mothers and teachers did not have the right to vote at the time so there wasnt much that they could do to aid the children working in the mills In essence Kelley connects the neglected rights of children to that of women While defining most of the children workers as young girls she implies that women suffered even as children With a passionate yet mildly caustic tone Kelley indicates that these women-to-be children will be relieved of suffering the day that for a change mothers and teachers are granted the right to voteKelley continues to emphasize her stance on reforming child labor laws by appealing to her audiences sense of guilt In order to do so she paints graphic
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