Perhaps it was the way Dickens described Fagan and 19th century England that helped eliminate the exploitation of child labor in later years, perhaps not.
But it's good that children are allowed to work longer hours in Maine.
Every law like this that brings Maine families one step closer to food stamps draws an even clearer dichotomy between the US and progressive countries in Northern Europe.
So when kids graduate from high school and are wise enough to take that first educational trip to Northern Europe and chat with the young people there, won't their eyes open wide when they look around and discover that they were brought up in a Third World Country?
An enlightened Maine youth would be in the same position as educated people in times long past who first discovered that the world was not flat and that it did, indeed, revolve around the sun.
Discovering that Maine is a Third World Country would rattle you to your foundations and it might take even a few years, (or a month in a US hospital), before you could really believe it.
The communists put up a wall to keep poor people from escaping to a better land.
The US put up a wall to keep poor people from escaping to a better land.
If all Maine young people could see the difference between Maine and the more affluent parts of the globe, you might see some progressive countries erecting walls to keep out Maine's tired, Maine's poor.
The humble Farmer