It's hard to imagine, but in the early 1900's, child labor was still a very common practice in the United States. Children all across the nation would spend their days in coal mines, textile mills, meatpacking houses, sweatshops, and on farms working for an inadequate wage.
In 1908, the National Child Labor Committee hired Lewis W. Hine to document children across America, exposing the harsh working conditions they are faced with on a daily basis. Lewis W. Hine was an American Sociologist and photographer by trade, who developed a reputation for using his camera as a tool for social reform.
Hine's photographs outraged the public and shamed the government into acting. His work provided leverage for the NCLC needed to advance the enactment of state and federal laws to protect the rights of children in the workplace, including the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which was the first major federal child labor law enacted.
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