Lewis Hine By- Nathan Timm

Essential question: Did progressives make important and effective changes to society?

Lewis Hine used his camera to tell stories about the people of the industrial revolution. Also in our generation, Lewis Hines photography helps us understand the past. When Hine was a teacher, one day he took his students on a field trip to photograph newly arrived immigrants in the United States. Lewis Hine quit his job as a teacher to photograph the life of immigrants, and child labor in the United States. Lewis Hines "disturbing photos" took the attention of many Americans.

In the next decade, Hine traveled to half of the continental United States, taking photographs of the poor child labor. Lewis Hine took photos of the Breaker Boys, to the children working cotton mills. Lewis Hine called what he did for the National Child Labor Committee, "detective work". "Hine the gentlemen, actor and mimic assumed a variety of personas," says the Library Of Congress. Hine photographed children as they entered and exited their workplace also.

Lewis Hine exposed the sharp and painful images of society. From Hines job as a teacher, he learned too, that the camera could be used as a tool of "social uplift." Hines visual emphasis of the photographs he took, helped bring out the Child-Protection legislation in 1916. Hine also detailed effects of war on the land and people in Europe. The power of Hines photography, plowed him to the forefront of 20th century documentary photographers.

A muckraker like Lewis Hine, is definitely a very important and effective progressive, because he photographed, and helped stop child labor.

A Picture of Lewis Hine
One Of Lewis Hines Photos

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