Child Labor in Tenements (Lewis Hine, 1914)


Supplementing Lewis Hine's photographs of the working conditions in the southern textile mills and canneries was his equally magnificent body of work in the sweatshops of the slums, where children as young as four or five were cruelly herded together to perform endlessly repetitive labor for pennies an hour. Hine's photographs for the National Child Labor Committee, another of whose many pamphlets you see here, were perhaps the greatest driving force in making conditions like this, at least in the United States, but a thankfully distant memory.



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