How Did Florence Kelley's Campaign against Sweatshops in Chicago in the 1890s Expand
Government Responsibility for Industrial Working Conditions?


      With her arrival at Hull House in Chicago in 1891 Florence Kelley spearheaded a campaign to regulate garment sweatshops and limit the hours of labor of women and children. The documents in this project depict this reform effort and some of the opposition it generated. Kelley served four years as Illinois's first Factory Inspector, though her work was constrained by a ruling of the Illinois Supreme Court that declared the eight-hour provision of the law unconstitutional.



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