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When did Child Labor begin in America? When was it officially outlawed? Click on the image to access the History Channel's summary .


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Samuel Slater built the first water powered textile mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1793. He hired entire families including children as laborers. Many of these families lived in company-owned houses, shopped in company-owned stores and went to company-owned schools and churches. One of the earliest mill villages was in Slaterville, Rhode Island, built in 1807. Click on the website above for more information.