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Abolish Child Labor - Poster of the Week

Updated: Apr 27

Abolish Child Labor

Rebel Arts Group

Silkscreen, Late 1930s

New York, NY


What do Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Nature Valley, Cheetos and many other popular processed foods and brands have in common? They all exploit child labor. CSPG’s Poster of the Week highlights a fight many of us thought was over.

In the late 1930s, during the Great Depression, the New York-based Rebel Arts Group created this poster to protest child labor—efforts which in the United States had been going on for over a century. Rebel Arts was a socialist artists' cooperative founded by students in 1934.

In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed and became the most sweeping federal law in the fight to end child labor; it regulated the employment of those under 16 or 18 years of age.

Thanks to over a century’s worth of efforts to end child labor, the FLSA intended to prevent minors from working at many dangerous jobs, and children