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The History Place - Child Labor in America


Society & Culture  (tags: child labor, history, USA, children, ethics, photo essay )

Blue
- 4139 days ago - historyplace.com
In 1909, Lewis W. Hine published the first of many photo essays depicting working children at risk. In these photographs, the essence of wasted youth is apparent in the sorrowful and even angry faces of his subjects. Some of his images, such as the young



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Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 19, 2007, 12:37 pm
Photographer Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940)(Wikipedia) was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He studied sociology at Chicago and New York universities, becoming a teacher, then took up photography as a means of expressing his social concerns.

His first photo essay featured Ellis Island immigrants. In 1908, Hine left his teaching position for a full-time job as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, which was then conducting a major campaign against the exploitation of American children.

From 1908 to 1912, Hine took his camera across America to photograph children as young as three years old working for long hours, often under dangerous conditions, in factories, mines, and fields. Hine was an immensely talented photographer who viewed his young subjects with the eye of a humanitarian.

In 1909, he published the first of many photo essays depicting working children at risk. In these photographs, the essence of wasted youth is apparent in the sorrowful and even angry faces of his subjects. Some of his images, such as the young girl in the mill glimpsing out the window, are among the most famous photographs ever taken.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 21, 2007, 8:34 am
Patt.........Thank you for these pictures! I've always been fascinated by this era, the people and most of all the children.

It would be interesting to show these picture to the "SPOILED BRATS" of today.........These children had nothing and todays children in deveoped countrys lack nothing in comparison. I have little to next to any mercy of the teens of today when I see these very revealing pictures of hardship!

The same conditions now exist in third world countries..........It is repulsive to me that children are produced just so they can do back breaking work to make some developed countries rich even richer......WalMart comes to mind!!!!!!

The only children to escape these hardship were the wealthy of then and now............

Think hard, what famous family escaped all this then & now and are in powere enough to take even more from the poor..........The Bush Dynasty..............Look up posts by Patt H.

Thank you Patt!!

Think of tomorrow-
Plant a seed
grow a forest
for Mother Nature
and her animals............................
 

Karen M (176)
Wednesday February 21, 2007, 7:14 pm
These are amazing photos. I'm glad to have seen them.
 

Joanne S (10)
Wednesday February 21, 2007, 8:11 pm
OH my ! hope it doesn't happen in today worl
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 21, 2007, 8:48 pm
Joanne.....It is happening in India, S. America, Africa and many more. Child labor laws barely exist in these undeveloped countrys. And.....We should not forget in Thailand, Cambodia others in the same region girls as young as five are put up for postitution for profit by purveyors of the trade. These countries have promised to crack down on this proliferation of sex from children but little has been done. The sex traders are the new version of child workers often paying off police & other authorities............

Children have often been the pawns used in the adult world........

Think of tomorrow-
Plant a seed
grow a forest
for Mother Nature
and her animals.............

 
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