January 16, 2023

Today in History: Reformer Grace Abbott & Child Labor

Last Updated on September 14, 2022

Today in History–November 17–the Library of Congress features reformer Grace Abbott, born on this day in 1878. Abbott gained recognition as an advocate for immigrants while working at the Hull House in Chicago and later fought to restrict child labor as the head of the U.S. Department of Labor Children’s Bureau. Learn more about this tireless activist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and resources related to Abbott and child labor.

Grace Abbott resources

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Global Legal Monitor: Topics Child labor

Child labor lessons & activities

Child Labor: Library of Congress blog posts

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