Billions Awarded to Native Americans

Photo: flickr.com/borman818 The United States government has settled a 13-year-old legal case and agreed to pay $3.4 billion to Native Americans for cheating  them by not paying enough money when renting tribal lands. The money the government will pay is only a small...

Life Spans in U.S. Still Shorter

On December 16, U.S. health officials reported that the average life span in the United States had reached a record high of almost 78 years. The United States still ranks behind other wealthy nations, such as Canada and Japan. Within the United States, race, class,...

When Can I Work?

Laws in each state vary, but the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law, says 14 is the minimum age for most work. Kids of any age, however, can work as actors or in family businesses, unless that work would be dangerous. Children can also do chores and babysit for...

Child Labor Timeline

1836 First State Law Massachusetts law requires factory workers younger than15 attend school at least three months per year 1842 States Limit Work Day Massachusetts and other states start to limit the number of hours children work per day to 10 or fewer 1936 Federal...

Schools Shut Down

Big cities across the United States are announcing plans to close what they call “failed schools.” In New York City, the Department of Education plans to close 20 public schools by the fall. Activists there are planning rallies to stop the closings that...