child labor

Stephen Grossman SGROSSMAN at
Tue Aug 23 08:30:23 MDT 1994

Date: Tue, 23 Aug 1994 03:59:51 +0700
From: djones at (donna jones)
Subject: child labor

In the course of describing the transition from manufacture to
machinofacture in Volume I of Capital, Marx describes how the replacement
of muscle power by machine power allows the bourgeoisie to bring women and
children into the labor process.  What is important here is that Marx is
not merely describing the historic situation in England at that time; the
example of British child labor is evidence of a tendency towards maximum
exploitation as given by capital accumulation.

Does Marx also describe the pre-capitalist history of less wealth resulting
in less children reaching maturity?


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