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Protecting the Welfare of Children

In 1907 Congress chartered the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), a group founded by progressive reformers concerned with the plight of child workers. The NCLC hired photographer Lewis Hine to document the working conditions of children in factories, fields, and mines. Influenced by Hine’s photos, Congress passed the Keating-Owen Act in 1916—the first federal attempt to regulate child labor.

2 Images Photographs by Lewis Hine for the National Child Labor Committee View All Images
1 Image H.R. 8234, A Bill for an Act to Prevent Interstate Commerce in the... View All Images