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How did children contribute to WWI?

Children were sent to work in factories, especially arms, ammunition, production and manufacturing workplaces, to boost the struggling economy and help the fight against other politcal rivals. When older man were elisted to join the army to fight during the war, there was a huge significant gap in the workforce, and many companies and factories had to go against the child labor laws, and hired young children to work for them, bringing them to the labor market. Young woman, who are the first time, being sent outside to work alongside man in jobs.

Also, some young children have falsified their age, especially teens and adolescents to get enrolled into the millitary army, to help fight the global war, to do something for their homeland. Children were involved in “liberty” or “victory” gardens to grow enough food to supplement and feed the entire family, who are suffering greatly during the war, due to the lack of food and basic neccessities, and high cost of living, and also allow more food supply to be directed to the soldiers fighting the war, to boost war effort.

  1. Hi Marc, We often forget that in the early 19th cent social laws or statutes were a recent development regarding children and work, and likely there is widespread use of children than is reported. There doesn’t seem to be much information about lives of children during the Great War.

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