The Child Labor Art Of Lewis Hine

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The Child Labor Art of Lewis Hine With this paper I intend to explore specific photographs taken by Lewis Hine. The photos will deal with the child labor problem that was brought to light in the nineteenth century, partially through the efforts of Hine. There are over 5,100 images, mostly accredited to Hine, in the Library of Congress database and I will focus on 3 of them. More specifically, those taken in my home city and state, Indianapolis, Indiana. My questions to address with this paper will include, who is Hine and what I his background? How did he get started in documenting child labor? What role did Hine play in creating laws to protect children from child labor? But first let’s explore the question, what exactly was the child…show more content…
In the end, young women, and adult immigrants, would end up replacing children in the textile industry but, unfortunately, child labor remained in other industries. Education activists of the mid-nineteenth century swayed many, that an education was necessary for both an individual’s own well-being, as well as the development of the country. In response, some states set a minimum wage and required children to attend basic schooling. Unfortunately, these changes did little to make a difference as they were full of loopholes and were loosely imposed. On top of that, the number of immigrants flooding the country afforded a new group of child workers. The immigrants came from rural areas and had the same outlook on child labor as Americans of the time did. At nearly the same time there came about a large expansion in industries that created more jobs which were suitable for children; the Industrial Revolution. Because of these two happenings, there was a rise in the percentage of children ten to fourteen years of age who were actively working instead of attending school. Since around the turn of the century there has been efforts to regulate and/or eliminate child labor. The forerunner of this effort was the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), that was created in 1904 who, along with many state-level child labor committees, sought to bring child labor under scrutiny. They forged the practice of political group movements and activities, leading-edge
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