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Report on Child Labor - Massachusetts Commission, 1867
A Massachusetts commission in 1867 issued a report recommending legislation to improve the conditions of child labor. Part of the report appears here.

Massachusetts Commission. Reports of Commissioners on the Hours of Labor. BOSTON: WRIGHT & POTTER, STATE PRINTERS, 1867. Archive.org. Web. 29 Mar. 2016.

What argument is presented in the first paragraph of the passage (lines 1-4)?

A

Children under the age of 18 should not be working in factories.

B

There should be a reasonable limit to hours worked per day and per week for children under 18.

C

The number of hours that adults over 18 work should be limited to 12 hours a day and 80 per week.

D

Children should be going to school as much or more than time spent working in the factories.