[Child Labor and Reform:] Our Jewels; and the Work of Resetting Them.
Scarce. The author was the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Society to Protect Children from Cruelty. He provides its history, philosophy, and its progressive-thinking activities to help exploited, abandoned, or mistreated children; much of the cases and work being specific to Philadelphia.
Drink could be a child’s downfall, as could a cruel stepmother, as could the factories or mines in which children were found by the Society’s agents being exploited, usually in perilous conditions. “Baby farming” was a known evil and there is a brief discourse on the children who ended up in the circus, some to be acrobats, but then lashed by a cruel circus trainer.
Fortunately, these children, these “jewels,” could be recovered and reset and placed in a “child-saving home” —redeemed by those always-vigilant and ready to defend the rights of any child found to be abused. “Child-savers” were always in need and the book helpfully directs them to a tabular listing of those charitable Philadelphia institutions that needed money and support.
Description: [Child Labor and Reform:] Our Jewels; and the Work of Resetting Them.
Philadelphia: Allen, Lane & Scott, Printers, 1883. 203pp. First edition. Sm. 8vo. Publisher’s gilt and blind decorated cloth. Very Good.