Nowadays, the working conditions in the developed countries are very different from that of twentieth century. In addition to that, the child labour was also subjected to these painful working conditions. Lewis has compiled these series of shocking photographs showing the conditions of the low paid child labourers.
These images compiled by Lewis Hine show that the fears of many kids at the time were quite different from the fears like going to school or laziness in doing homework. The dangers of injury when using unsafe machinery or harmful chemical fumes was part of their daily worries.
1. Miners in Pittston, PA
2. Miner children in Bessie, Alabama
3. 11 year old girl working at Crescent Hosiery Mill
4. Cigar manufacturers of Englahardt & Co., Tampa, Florida
5. Near a train station, stealing coal in Boston, Massachusetts
6. Porter for trucks at a mine in West Virginia
7. Child labour in a mine in Pittston, PA
8. 4 and 6 years old boys cleaning tobacco leaves in Kentucky
9. Boys in the textile, Bibb Mill
10. Boys doing cleaning in Lancaster, South Carolina
11. Newsboys in Jersey City, New Jersey
12. Minors in Lancaster, Pittston, Pennsylvania
13. Loggers in Dillon, South Carolina
14. Lunch break in River Fall, Massachusetts
15. A child injured on job in the River Fall, Massachusetts
16. Daughter of a foreman in Hickory, North Carolina
17. 5 year old child who picks shrimp in Biloxi, Mississippi
18. A child Wounded by his own mower
19. Employees in a can factory in Eastport, Maine
20. Cotton picker Potawotamie County, Oklahoma
These pictures have truly shocked us. They remind us that today, although prohibited in most countries of the world, child labor is still practiced in some developing countries. These working conditions are unfortunately still prevalent and deprive children of their youth. Do you think this series of photographs can serve the cause of child protection?