RESPONDENT: Roland H. Dagenhart et al.
LOCATION: Cotton Mill
DOCKET NO.: 704
DECIDED BY: White Court (1916-1921)
LOWER COURT: Federal district court
ARGUED: Apr 15, 1918 / Apr 16, 1918
DECIDED: Jun 03, 1918
John W. Davis - Solicitor General, Department of Justice, for the appellant
Morgan J. O'Brien - for the appellees
W. M. Hendren - for the appellees
Facts of the case
The Keating-Owen Child Labor Act prohibited the interstate shipment of goods produced by child labor. Reuben Dagenhart's father -- Roland -- had sued on behalf of his freedom to allow his fourteen year old son to work in a textile mill.
Does the congressional act violate the Commerce Clause, the Tenth Amendment, or the Fifth Amendment?