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Is it a Reliable Source? (Grade 9)

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In 1832 Michael Sadler secured a parliamentary investigation of conditions in the textile factories. Much of the testimony was published in the committee's report. The evidence presented led to the passage of the Factory Act of 1833, which produced restrictions on child labor in England.

What age are you?
Have you ever been employed in a factory?
At what age did you first go to work in one?
Will you state the hours of labour at the period when you first went to the factory, in ordinary times?
--From 6 in the morning to 8 at night.
Fourteen hours?
When trade was brisk what were your hours?
--From 5 in the morning to 9 in the evening.
Sixteen hours?
Was there any time allowed for you to get your breakfast in the mill?
During those long hours of labour could you be punctual; how did you awake?
--I seldom did awake spontaneously; I was most generally awoke or lifted out of bed, sometimes asleep, by my parents.
Were you always in time?
What was the consequence if you had been too late?
--I was most commonly beaten.
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