LABOR: Georgia Rejects

Two states have taken action on the proposed Constitutional Amendment* giving Congress power to regulate or prohibit child labor. Arkansas ratified it, Georgia rejected it. Before the Georgia Assembly went many speakers, among them ex-Senator Hoke Smith†objecting to the Amendment as an invasion of States' Rights. It was defeated by a vote of 170 to 3. The State Senate acted similarly. In Georgia, 89,000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 years— 20.8% of that age-group—are workers. Boys of 12, if orphans, are permitted to work in cotton mills. There...

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