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This picture shows children who work in a Cotton Mill in Pell City, Alabama. The photograph was taken in 1910. Notice the cotton fibers on the children's hats. Cotton fiber is very dangerous to breath, and the health effects were probably as bad as working in a coal mine.

"Doffers in Pell City Cotton Mill. Superintendent of mill is also Mayor of Pell City." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee.

As Labor Day approaches, these images remind us of the importance of workplace laws and the labor unions and progressives that pushed for them.

Boston, Massachusetts - "Truant hanging around boats in the harbor during school hours", Lewis Hine October

CHILD LABOR: Oyster workers

Oyster shuckers at Lowden Canning. Ten-year old Frank shucks four pots a day, February Bluffton, South Carolina. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

Child labor in early 1800's. Everyone will look at this and feel sad. The same people will still buy clothes and other things from unregulated countries where child labor is still happening.

From the cotton fields to sardine factories: The stunning images of workers as young as THREE that helped change labour laws

Lewis Hine, photos of child labor - An eight-year-old cannery worker holds up his injured finger in Maine in August 1911

"At the Maggioni Canning Company in Port Royal, South Carolina, children shucked oysters for 4 hours before a half day of school, returning for 3 more hours of work after school"  Lewis Hine

Port Royal, South Carolina, "Bertha, one of the six-year old shuckers at Maggioni Canning Company began work at 4 a." // Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

Child laborer, early 1900s

Henry, 10 year old oyster shucker who does five pots of oyster [sic] a day. Works before school, after school, and Saturdays. Been working three years. Maggioni Canning Co. Port Royal, South Carolina in February (old timey child)

Workplace friends - Cotton Mill Girls, Tifton, GA 1909

Two of the Helpers in the Tifton Cotton Milll by Lewis Hine. Two of the "helpers" in the Tifton Cotton Mill, Tifton, Ga. They work regularly.

Lewis Hine.

REMINDS ME OF NORTH & SOUTH TV SHOW! Noon, April Cherokee Hosiery Mill in Rome, Georgia. The youngest are turners and loopers. Some of these appear to be as young as 8 and 9 years. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

Lewis Hine's photographs of young children working in cotton mills and coal mines helped convince US lawmakers in the early 20th century to introduce new regulations.

The child labour photos that led to change

… Manhattan, Hine used his photographs to campaign for social reform. In 1908 the then-sociology professor was hired by the National Child Labor Committee


Lewis Hine à la Fondation Cartier-Bresson

Lewis Hine, Street Child, 1910 For years I have written about Lewis Hine’s photography as the benchmark of all photographic ex.