CourtSpeak: Holden v. Hardy Miners’ Working Hours Case (1898)

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Chapter The Fuller Court (1888–1910)

Justice Henry Billings Brown (majority): “While the general experience of mankind may justify us in believing that men may engage in ordinary employments more than eight hours per day without injury to their health, it does not follow that labor for the same length of time is innocuous when carried on beneath the surface of the earth, where the operative is deprived of fresh air and sunlight, and is frequently subjected to foul atmosphere and a very high temperature, or to the influence of noxious gases generated by the processes of refining or smelting.”


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