Kids At Work: Lewis Hine & the Crusade Against Child Labor (Hardcover)[ $20.00 ]
In the early twentieth century, children were widely employed in various factories, mills, mines, and fields across the United States. Laborers as young as three years old often held jobs, and many children worked twelve hours or more a day, six days a week. They endured the noise and lint-filled air of cotton mills; dark, narrow coal mines full of stifling dust; the dangers of city streets; and back breaking field work through the summer heat and winter frost. The kids’ families needed their wages to survive, but working kids lost any chance for a better future.
Lewis W. Hine, a schoolteacher and photographer, felt so strongly about the use of child as industrial workers that he became an investigative reporter fort the National Child Labor committee. Hine traveled the United States, taking photographs that were so devastating, thy convince people that the United States needed laws against child labor.
Hine’s work on behalf of child laborers emphatically proved his conviction that seeing is believing. His later projects – “Work Portraits” highlighting the importance of human labor in the machine age, and a step-by-step account of the construction of the Empire State Building – brought dignity and respect to the American worker. Hine’s groundbreaking documentary photography is hailed by modern-day photographed for its content, artistry, and technical skill.
Kids at Work, is Russell Freedman’s vivid account of social reforms that were urgently needed as industrialization transformed American society – interwoven with the story of a man whose life work made significant differences in the lives of others. 8.875"x10" 104p.