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A Prisoner of the Boxer Rebellion, 1900

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900

Farm Wife, 1900

The Death of Queen Victoria, 1901

The Assassination of President William McKinley, 1901

The Roosevelts Move Into the White House, 1901

Riding a Rural Free Delivery Route, 1903

First Flight, 1903

The Gibson Girl

Early Adventures With The Automobile

Immigrating to America, 1905

San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Henry Ford Changes the World, 1908

A Walk with President Roosevelt, 1908

Children At Work, 1908-1912

On Safari, 1909

Birth of the Hollywood Cowboy, 1911

Doomed Expedition to the South Pole, 1912

Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

1st Woman to Fly the English Channel, 1912

The Massacre of the Armenians, 1915

The Bolsheviks Storm the Winter Palace, 1917

The Execution of Tsar Nicholas II, 1918

President Wilson Suffers a Stroke, 1919

Making Movies, 1920

King Tut's Tomb, 1922

Coolidge Becomes President, 1923

Adolf Hitler Attempts a Coup, 1923

Air Conditioning Goes to the Movies, 1925

Prohibition, 1927

Lindbergh Flies the Atlantic, 1927

Babe Ruth Hits His 60th Home Run, 1927

The Wall Street Crash, 1929

The Bonus Army Invades Washington, D.C., 1932

The Reichstag Fire, 1933

Shoot-out with Bonnie and Clyde, 1933

Migrant Mother, 1936

The Bombing of Guernica, 1937

The Rape of Nanking, 1937

Dining with the King and Queen of England, 1938

Images Of War 1918-1971

The Death of President Franklin Roosevelt, 1945

Thoughts Of A President, 1945

Jackie Robinson Breaks Baseball's Color Barrier, 1945

The Assassination of Gandhi, 1948

The Russians Discover a Spy Tunnel in Berlin, 1956

The Hungarian Revolution, 1956

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 1963

First Voyage to the Moon, 1968

President Nixon Meets Elvis, 1970

Payoff to the Vice President, 1971

President Nixon Leaves the White House 1974

Children At Work 1908-1912
The Photography of Lewis Hine


Newsboy New York City, 1908
Getty Museum

Hine referred to this photograph as a "self-portrait."
The image reflects his philosophy that the photograph's
subject is more important than the photographer.

Select from the photographs below to see more of Hine's images.

During the early years of the twentieth century photographer Lewis Hine traveled the country documenting the child in the workplace through photographs and vivid written descriptions.

Rapid industrialization and a lack of regulation led some employers to look to the nation's youth for cheap labor. No laws or generally accepted standards protected the child in the workplace. Exploitation was rampant.

Hine served as an investigator for the National Child Labor Committee, established to "combat the danger in which childhood is placed by greed and rapacity." He used any pretext to gain entrance to a factory often secretly interviewing the children, concealing his note taking by keeping his hands in his pockets. When barred from entrance, Hine waited outside the factory gate taking his pictures as the children left work. His photos were widely distributed, their impact greater than any printed word. The impression they made contributed significantly to the reform of child labor.

How To Cite This Article:
"Children at Work, 1908-1912," EyeWitness to History, (2000).

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Mill Girl, 1908 Demonstrating Neckties, 1911