1. Describe the ways in which Mary Ann Lipscomb’s vision for education lives on today.
Mary Ann Lipscomb sought to ensure that every child—regardless of race, gender, or economic background—received a quality education. Today, schools offer a variety of subjects, including vocational training, and there are compulsory education laws that require all children to attend school for a certain about of time. Both of these aspects of education can be attributed to Mary Ann Lipscomb’s efforts.
2. Explain how the passing of compulsory education laws helped reduce child labor in the mills.
Although Mary Ann Lipscomb’s efforts to enact child labor laws were not successful during her time, she was still able to ensure that children attended school rather than work in the mills. The passing of compulsory education laws now required children to attend school for a certain period of time. This was time that children could not work and were therefore were sparred long days of hard labor.