on 19 November 2012
Lewis Hine was one of the foremost Photojournalists in the World and he, thankfully, set about on what he saw as an urgent task in his life of righting the wrong that was being done to children in the United States who were being used as what can only be referred to as Slave Labour, no other term would be suitable or more correct to describe their plight, their situation, because that is exactly what they were!
They were abused mentally and physically and KNOWINGLY by a society that simply didn't care.
Hine photographed children in Cotton Mills,Cannerys,Mines,on Farms,Cotton Picking,Glass Factorys,Oyster Shacks etc and they were aged from 3 years upwards, male and female, earning as little as 30 cents a day and worst of all they were there with FULL KNOWLEDGE of their parents or guardians and/or through necessity!
He was at times 'warned-off' by Managers and Owners of these establishment who didn't like Hine sticking his nose in - he was a member of the National Child Labour Committee that tried in earnest to introduce legislation to save children from such terrible drudgery and he persisted in his cause and this book bears evidence to exactly what he found.