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Child Labor Photographs of Lewis Hine
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Child Labor Photographs of Lewis Hine
Lewis Hine was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. In 1906, Hine became the staff photographer of the Russell Sage Foundation, where he photographed life in the steel-making districts and the people of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the influential sociological study called the Pittsburg Survey. In 1908, he became the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC). Over the next decade, he documented child labor in American industry. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States.

Bottle Factory, Indianapolis, IN
Bottle Factory, Indianapolis, IN, 8/1908

Cigar Factory, Indianapolis
Cigar Factory, Indianapolis, 8/1908
Indiana Glass Works, IN, 8/1908Indiana Glass Works, IN, 8/1908 Indiana Glass Works at midnight, IN, 8/1908
Indiana Glass Works at midnight, IN, 8/1908
Noon hour at cannery, Indianapolis, 8/1908
Noon hour at cannery, Indianapolis, 8/1908
Shoe-shining parlor, Indianapolis, 8/1908
Shoe-shining parlor, Indianapolis, 8/1908
Basket sellers, Cincinnati, OH, 8/22/1908
Basket sellers, Cincinnati, OH, 8/22/1908
Selling radishes, Cincinnati, OH, 8/22/1908
Selling radishes, Cincinnati, OH, 8/22/1908
Boy running trip-rope in mine, Welch, WV, 9/1908
Boy running trip-rope in mine, Welch, WV, 9/1908
Young driver in mine, 9/1908
Young driver in mine, 9/1908
Girls at weaving machines, Evansville, IN, 10/1908
Girls at weaving machines, Evansville, IN, 10/1908
Girls making melon baskets, Evansville, IN, 10/1908
Girls making melon baskets, Evansville, IN, 10/1908

Glass-blower and mold boy, Grafton, WV, 10/1908
Glass-blower and mold boy, Grafton, WV, 10/1908

Girls running warping machines, Gastonia, NC, 11/7/1908
Girls running warping machines, Gastonia, NC, 11/7/1908
Spinner glimpses the outside world, Lincolnton, NC, 11/11/1908
Spinner glimpses the outside world, Lincolnton, NC, 11/11/1908
Young mill worker, Newberry, SC, 12/1908
Young mill worker, Newberry, SC, 12/1908
Spinners and doffers, Lancaster, SC, 1/12/1908
Spinners and doffers, Lancaster, SC, 1/12/1908
Worker in Mollahan Mills, Newberry, SC, 12/3/1908
Worker in Mollahan Mills, Newberry, SC, 12/3/1908
Mill spinner, Whitnel, NC, 12/22/1908
Mill spinner, Whitnel, NC, 12/22/1908
Little spinner, Augusta, GA, 1/15/1909
Little spinner, Augusta, GA, 1/15/1909
Mill workers, Macon, GA, 1/19/1909
Mill workers, Macon, GA, 1/19/1909
Cotton mill workers, Tifton, GA, 1/22/1909
Cotton mill workers, Tifton, GA, 1/22/1909
Boys shucking oysters, Apalachicola, FL, 1/25/1909
Boys shucking oysters, Apalachicola, FL, 1/25/1909
Girl working in box factory, Tampa, FL, 1/28/1909
Girl working in box factory, Tampa, FL, 1/28/1909
9-year-old Newsgirl, Hartford, CT, 3/6/1909
9-year-old Newsgirl, Hartford, CT, 3/6/1909
Mill spinner, Anthony, RI, 4/16/1909
Mill spinner, Anthony, RI, 4/16/1909
Mule-spinning room in cotton mill, Burlington, VT, 5/7/1909
Mule-spinning room in cotton mill, Burlington, VT, 5/7/1909
Workers stringing beans, Baltimore, MD, 6/7/1909
Workers stringing beans, Baltimore, MD, 6/7/1909
Boy picking berries near Baltimore, Maryland, 6/8/1909
Boy picking berries near Baltimore, Maryland, 6/8/1909
Doffers in Cherryville, Manufacturing Company, Cherryville, NC, 11/10/1909
Doffers in Cherryville, Manufacturing Company, Cherryville, NC, 11/10/1909
Glass works, Millville, NJ, 11/21/1909
Glass works, Millville, NJ, 11/21/1909
Boys working in bowling alley, Trenton, NJ, 12/20/1909
Boys working in bowling alley, Trenton, NJ, 12/20/1909
Garment workers, New York City, 1/26/1910
Garment workers, New York City, 1/26/1910
Girls hulling strawberries, Seaford, DE, 5/26/1910
Girls hulling strawberries, Seaford, DE, 5/26/1910
Bowery Bootblack, New York City, 6/1910
Bowery Bootblack, New York City, 6/1910
Young doffer in mill, North Pownal, VT, 8/31/1910
Young doffer in mill, North Pownal, VT, 8/31/1910
Cotton mill spinners, Pell City, AL, 11/22/1910
Cotton mill spinners, Pell City, AL, 11/22/1910
Young coupling boy, near Jellico, TN, 12/1910
Young coupling boy, near Jellico, TN, 12/1910
A raveler and a looper in hoosiery mill, London, TN, 12/10/1910
A raveler and a looper in hoosiery mill, London, TN, 12/10/1910
Breaker boys in coal mine, Pittston, PA, 1/10/1911
Breaker boys in coal mine, Pittston, PA, 1/10/1911
Coal mine workers, Pittston, PA, 1/16/1911
Coal mine workers, Pittston, PA, 1/16/1911
Young oyster shuckers, Pass Christian, MS, 2/24/1911
Young oyster shuckers, Pass Christian, MS, 2/24/1911
Young mill spinners, Yazoo City, MS, 5/9/1911
Young mill spinners, Yazoo City, MS, 5/9/1911
Mill workers, Water Valley, MS, 5/10/1911
Mill workers, Water Valley, MS, 5/10/1911
Cotton mill spinning workers, Fries, VA, 5/20/1911
Cotton mill spinning workers, Fries, VA, 5/20/1911
Cleaning Boys, Roanoke, VA, 5/24/1911
Cleaning Boys, Roanoke, VA, 5/24/1911
Cigarette rollers, Danville, VA, 6/6/1911
Cigarette rollers, Danville, VA, 6/6/1911
Glass factory worker, 6/23/1911
Glass factory worker, 6/23/1911
Nut pickers, New York City, 12/6/1911
Nut pickers, New York City, 12/6/1911
Jewish family making garters, New York City, 2/27/1912
Jewish family making garters, New York City, 2/27/1912
Newsboy, Baltimore, MD, 4/10/1912
Newsboy, Baltimore, MD, 4/10/1912
Messenger service boys, Washington, DC, 4/11/1912
Messenger service boys, Washington, DC, 4/11/1912
Necktie demonstrator, Washington, DC, 4/13/1912
Necktie demonstrator, Washington, DC, 4/13/1912
Newsboy, Washington, DC, 4/15/1912
Newsboy, Washington, DC, 4/15/1912
 
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