Challenges understandings of child labor by tracing how law altered the meanings of work for young people in the United States.
and their families envisioned an industrial childhood that rested on
James D. Schmidt
is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. His first book, Free to Work (1998), examined the relationship between labor law and the meanings of freedom during the age of emancipation. He teaches courses on the history of law, capitalism, childhood, and the United States in the long nineteenth century.