Photos of Children Before Child Labor Laws Were Passed, 1908 – 1924

In 1908, sociologist and photographer Lewis Hine traveled to the town of Eastport, ME after he was hired by the US National Committee of Child Labour, to explore the difficult conditions in which children toiled before the child labor laws were passed.

He traveled across the US to document children working in different fields for the NCLC (National Child Labor Committee) in order to promote the “rights, awareness, dignity, well-being and education of children and youth as they relate to work and working.”

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