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Exhibit Theme

Protecting the Welfare of Children

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Photographs by Lewis Hine for the...
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Photographs by Lewis Hine for the National Child Labor Committee

Sociologist Lewis Hine used photography as a tool for social reform. Working for the National Child Labor Committee from 1908 to 1924, Hine photographed children laboring in tenement workshops, mines, fields, and industries throughout the country. Hine’s images touched the public conscience, aroused support for child labor reform, and provided evidence to support legislation limiting child labor.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress