Children's crusade may finally change US gun laws


Children have periodically played leading roles in social and political movements. With #NeverAgain, some of the students who survived the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, have organised effective social media campaigns in favour of greater gun control. So far, the American public is paying attention.

A look back at the broader history of child activism indicates that some major social change might actually be upon us. In the early 20th century, the union organiser Mother Jones led a strike and then organised a few hundred child labourers on a march from Philadelphia to New York. Historians have considered the "children's crusade of 1903" a milestone in the fight to abolish child labour.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Children's crusade may finally change US gun laws'. Subscribe