Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Child Labor Photographs

As a photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, Lewis Hine (1874-140) documented child labor across America. His images exposed the harshness of the practice and the poor conditions under which the children worked.

The George Eastman House has an online exhibit of Lewis Hine's work titled "Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor". Take a look. Images such as "Little Spinner in Mill, Augusta, GA" and Breaker boys in coal chute, South Pittston, Pennsylvania are both striking and disturbing.

Next, stop by the Child Labor Education and Action Project and find out more about child labor in the modern world.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

1 comment:

Joe Manning said...

I am Joe Manning, an author and historian. I am conducting a nationally-known research project to track down and interview descendants of the child laborers that Lewis Hine photographed. I have been successful for about 80 children so far. You can see information about the Lewis Hine Project at