Lewis Hine "if i could tell the story in words, i wouldn't need to lug around a camera."

A child working in a factory

In the early 1900's many Americans were against child labor and wanted to put an end to this child slavery. Lewis Hine used to be a teacher until he quit his job and became a photographer. He wanted to make the world see what terrible conditions their children were working in.

Children who work 24/7 in the mines inhaling coal dust

Lewis Hine was not the only person who wanted to help all the kids. You have Jacob Riis and a lot others. Lewis worked for years trying to get laws to end child labor. He eventually suceeded at his goal. All of the photos he took ended up being noticed by america.

"There are two things I wanted to do. I wanted to show the things that had to be corrected. I wanted to show the things that had to be appreciated."

Lewis devoted the rest of his life to trying to end child labor. Lewis is well known for helping end child labor. In 1911 Lewis was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to take photos of child labor. After 29 years of taking photos and helping end child labor he died on November 3rd 1940 in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

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Adriana Huntington


Created with images by Children's Bureau Centennial - "LC-DIG-nclc-04479 Boys Furniture Hine" • Children's Bureau Centennial - "LC-DIG-nclc-01379" • Children's Bureau Centennial - "LC-DIG-nclc-01104 Coal" • Children's Bureau Centennial - "LC-DIG-nclc-01823 Mixed Gender Child Labor 1910"

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