The child labor photographs of Lewis Hine

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Lewis Wickes Hine - Young Doffers in the Elk Cotton Mills, Fayetteville…

Lewis Wickes Hine - Young Doffers in the Elk Cotton Mills, Fayetteville…

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Little Julia tending the baby at home. All the older ones are at the factory. She shucks also. Alabama Canning Co.,. Location: Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, February 1911.

Little Julia tending the baby at home. All the older ones are at the factory. She shucks also. Alabama Canning Co.,. Location: Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, February 1911.

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11:00 A. M . Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson near Franklin. They were all smoking. Location: St. Louis, Missouri. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, 9 May 1910.

11:00 A. M . Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson near Franklin. They were all smoking. Location: St. Louis, Missouri. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, 9 May 1910.

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134 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio. Harry McShane, 16 yrs. of age on June 29, 1908. Had his left arm pulled off near shoulder, and right leg broken through kneecap, by being caught on belt of a machine in Spring factory in May 1908. Had been working in factory more than 2 yrs. Was on his feet for first time after the accident, the day this photo was taken. No attention was paid by employers to the boy either at hospital or home according to statement of boy's father. No compensation.

134 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio. Harry McShane, 16 yrs. of age on June 29, 1908. Had his left arm pulled off near shoulder, and right leg broken through kneecap, by being caught on belt of a machine in Spring factory in May 1908. Had been working in factory more than 2 yrs. Was on his feet for first time after the accident, the day this photo was taken. No attention was paid by employers to the boy either at hospital or home according to statement of boy's father. No compensation.

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Freddie Kafer, a very immature little newsie selling Saturday Evening Posts and newspapers at the entrance to the State Capitol. He did not know his age, nor much of anything else. He was said to be 5 or 6 years old. Nearby, I found Jack who said he was 8 years old, and who was carrying a bag full of Saturday Evening Posts, which weighed nearly 1/2 of his own weight. The bag weighed 24 pounds, and he weighed only 55 pounds. He carried this bag for several blocks to the car. Said he was…

Freddie Kafer, a very immature little newsie selling Saturday Evening Posts and newspapers at the entrance to the State Capitol. He did not know his age, nor much of anything else. He was said to be 5 or 6 years old. Nearby, I found Jack who said he was 8 years old, and who was carrying a bag full of Saturday Evening Posts, which weighed nearly 1/2 of his own weight. The bag weighed 24 pounds, and he weighed only 55 pounds. He carried this bag for several blocks to the car. Said he was…

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Howard Simmons and Joe Elvis, two of the smallest here, both shuck oysters in Barataria Canning Co. Location: Biloxi, Mississippi. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, February 1911. From the National Child Labor Committee Collection at the Library of Congress

Howard Simmons and Joe Elvis, two of the smallest here, both shuck oysters in Barataria Canning Co. Location: Biloxi, Mississippi. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, February 1911. From the National Child Labor Committee Collection at the Library of Congress

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Group of Breaker boys. Smallest is Sam Belloma, Pine Street. (See label #1949). Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania.

Group of Breaker boys. Smallest is Sam Belloma, Pine Street. (See label #1949). Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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The girl works all day in a cannery. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, ca. 1911. From the National Child Labor Committee Collection at the Library of Congress

The girl works all day in a cannery. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, ca. 1911. From the National Child Labor Committee Collection at the Library of Congress

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Four-year-old Mary, who shucks two pots of oysters a day at Dunbar. Tends the baby when not working. (See photo 2062). The boss said that next year Mary will work steady as the rest of them. The mother is the fastest shucker in the place. Earns $1.50 a day. Works part of the time with her sick baby in her arms. Father works on the dock. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana.

Four-year-old Mary, who shucks two pots of oysters a day at Dunbar. Tends the baby when not working. (See photo 2062). The boss said that next year Mary will work steady as the rest of them. The mother is the fastest shucker in the place. Earns $1.50 a day. Works part of the time with her sick baby in her arms. Father works on the dock. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana.

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Lewis Hine, Roland, newsboy, Newark, New Jersey, 1924.jpg

Lewis Hine, Roland, newsboy, Newark, New Jersey, 1924.jpg

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