Category Archives: Cotton

Squadcast: Child Labor and The Factory Acts

In our podcast by Erin Burke, Tyler Kirk, Hannah Digman, and Katelyn Schlueter, we will be outlining the argument that Clark Nardinelli presents in his article, “Child Labor and the Factory Acts”. In his article, Nardinelli opposes the traditional view and supports a view that argues the factory acts coincided with the decrease in child labor in 19th century Great Britain. He illustrates that the decrease was a result of technological advancements and increase in income. Later on, we will relate these points to the continued issues surrounding modern day child labor. Cotton is worn by nearly all 7 billion people living on this planet, creating many textile mills worldwide many in which child labor is very present.

War On Wool VS Cotton

Allyson Kaul, Cassie Kujawa, Megan Manderfield, and Courtney Lewinski

Fall 2015

In this podcast, listeners learn about the history of cotton and its importance in the formation of fashion and politics, as well as its confliction with the wool industry. People in present day don’t think twice about where their clothing is from or what it’s made of. Listeners will get a closer look into the wool industry and their hatred of cotton as well as the people affected within both the cotton and wool industries.

Child Labor and the Factory Acts

When people think of the Industrial Revolution some phrases that come to mind are booming industry, advancement and change, and the coming of a new era.  What most people don’t know is that there is an ugly side to this revolution dealing with the exploitation of children.  In this podcast, “Factory Acts: how life was for children and the way in which it was changed in Britain during the early 1830s”, by UWL students, Allison Deisting, Alexa Wood, Ashley Holubets, and Sarah Doern, based off the article Child Labor and the Factory Acts by Clark Nardinelli, we will discuss how the lives of children were and how they were changed throughout time.

Crafting Comfort, Crafting Culture

Beverly Lemire, author of the book Cotton took an interesting stance on the spread of cotton from India to Europe. She argued that cotton’s rise to power was a result of the popularity of quilting and quilt culture. In“Quilting and the Rise of Cotton” we will discuss some of her points and try to make light of her argument, seeing how 17th century quilting influenced how we use cotton today.
By: Kyle Kolar, Sara Sheard, and Matthew Cull, Fall of 2015.

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Child Welfare and Industry

During the industrial revolution technological advances greatly increased employment of all ages. Clark Nardinelli, author of Child Labor and the Factory Acts, challenges the idea that oppressing child labor was halted by the Factory Acts of the mid 1800s, and states that it was actually the increase in technology and household income that ended child labor.  This podcast contrasts the common view with Nardinellli’s view and applies it to over-all child welfare.

171.9 The Riot: Child Labor Then and Now


Child labor brings ugly thoughts to mind, but one that may not come up is the thought of cotton. Today many people wear cotton clothing daily without realizing children’s role in its history. Clark Nardinelli in his article “ Child Labor and the Factory Acts” gives new insights into what really led to the decline in child labor. In this podcast segment of  “171.9 The Riot: Child labor then and Now”, aired in November 2014, Josh Scheil, Jevin Dorschner, and Sean Looby will describe Nardinelli’s view and use it to compare child labor in 18th century Britain with child labor today.

Children of the Cotton

During the early stages of the British Industrial Revolution, children often held strenuous jobs in cotton textile mills to earn extra income for their families.  Throughout the 1800s, conditions slowly improved due to economic stability, technological advances, and the Factory Acts, as was explained in “Child Labor and the Factory Acts” by Clark Nardinelli.  To provide comparison to the experiences of children in the 19th Century, UWL students Megan Marlowe, Taylor Pasell, Amanda Skrzeczkoski, Gemma Blachowski, and Arica Drezdzon talk with working college students today.

Cotton: An Unsuccessful Attemp to Stop Child Labor.

Cotton is ubiquitous in our current culture. Government regulation in this industry was once seen as the main factor that reduced child labor in Great Britain during the 1840’s. In the article, Child Labor and the Factory Acts, Clark Nardinelli describes how the Factory Acts did not actually cause this reduction. Two UWL students, David Turkowitch and Zach Linse, will inform you on the true causes for the decline of child labor in cotton industries.