Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor

Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor

Alli - November 12, 2017

Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
“A family picking nuts. Mother nursing baby while picking nuts. Was suffering with a sore throat. Rosie, 3, hanging around; Genevieve, 6, Tessie, 6, picks too. Make $1.50 to $2 a week. New York City, December 1911.” Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
“Boy who carries barrels. Robert Saunders, 10 years old. Is the son of the boss. Mother picks too. Falmouth, Massachusettes, 1912” Photo and caption by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Annette Roy (second from left) is the youngest worker picking here. South Carver, Massachusettes, 1912. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Belford Coldos, 8 years old, picking on Weeks’ Bog. Falmouth, Massachusettes, September 1911. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Merilda, carrying cranberries. Rochester, Massachusettes, September 1911. Child labor was an integral part of agricultural and handicraft economy. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Mule spinning room in Chace Cotton Mill. Leopold Daigneau (Left hand), Arsene Lussier, Back roping boys. Burlington, Vermont, May 1909. Ultimately, young women and adult immigrants replaced these children in the textile industry, but child labor continued in other businesses. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Charlie Fernande works showing the scoop. Most of the scooping was done by adults. Wareham, Massachusettes. September 1911. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Lancaster Mill, South Carolina was one of the mills which used many child laborers. Hine wrote: “adie Pfeifer, 48 inches high. Has worked half a year. One of the many small children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Lancaster, S.C., November 1908.” Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
One of the worst working conditions can be seen in this photograph. View of the Ewen Breaker of the Pennsylvania Coal Company. The dust was so dense at times as to obscure the view, January 1911 S. Pittston, Pennsylvania. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Norris Luvitt, picks berries in a berry field in Baltimore, Massachusettes. At the time of this photograph, Luvitt had been working in this job for 3 years. June 1909. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
These little girls worked in Richmond Hosiery Mills. Rossville, Georgia. December 1910. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Young pickers at Swift’s Bog, Falmouth, Massachusettes. September 1911. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Hine captioned this photo: “Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Hughestown Borough Coal Co. Pittston, Pa, January 1911.” Photo by Lewis Hine.
Heartbreaking Photographs Reveal America was Built on the Shoulders of Child Labor
Jo Bodeon, a back-roper in mule room. Chace Cotton Mill. Burlington, Vermont. May 1909. Photo by Lewis Hine.

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