Heartbreaking Images of Child Labour in the United States by Lewis Hine




"There is Work that Profits Children, and there is Work that Brings Profit only to Employers. The Object of Employing Children is not to Train them, but to get high Profits from Their work."-- Lewis Hine, 1908

Salvin Nocito, 5 years old

5 years old child, carries 2 pecks of cranberries
"Salvin Nocito, 5 years old, carries 2 pecks of cranberries for long distance to the bushel man. Whites Bog, September 1910"
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Adolescent Girl

Adolescent Girl, a Spinner, in a Carolina Cotton Mill (1908)
 Girl in Cotton Mill
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Jo Bodeon a Back Roper

Jo Bodeon, a back-roper in mule room. Chace Cotton Mill. Burlington, Vt, May 1909
Jo Bodeon, a back roper
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Boy carrying hats

Boy Carrying Hats. New York City, February 1912
Boy Carrying Hats
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Boy Loray-Mill

Boy from Loray Mill. Been at it right smart two years. Gastonia, N.C, November 1908
Boy Loray Mill
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10 years old Robert Saunders

Boy who carries barrels. Robert Saunders, 10 years old. Is the son of the boss. Mother picks too. Falmouth, Mass, 1912
Boy  carries barrels
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Boys Making Melon Baskets

Boys making melon baskets. A basket factory. Evansville, Ind, October 1908
Boys making melon baskets
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Boys in packing room, Brown Mfg

Boys in packing room, Brown Mfg. Co. Evansville, Ind, October 1908
Boys packing room, Brown Mfg
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Boys Picking over Garbage

Boys picking over garbage on the dumps. Boston, Mass, October 1909
Boys picking over garbage on the dumps
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Breaker boys

Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Hughestown Borough Coal Co. Pittston, Pa, January 1911
Breaker boys
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Breaker of the Pa. Coal Co.

View of the Ewen Breaker of the Pa. Coal Co. The dust was so dense at times as to obscure the view, January 1911 S. Pittston, Pa
Ewen Breaker of the Pa. Coal Co.
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Charlie Fernande

Charlie Fernande Showing the Scoop with Which he Works. Most of the Scooping is done by Adults. Wareham, Mass, September 1911
Charlie Fernande
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Child Laborers in Glassmaking factory

Baseball Team Composed Mostly of Child Laborers from a Glassmaking factory. Indiana (1908)
Baseball Team Composed Mostly of Child Laborers
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Back Roping Boys

Mule spinning room in Chace Cotton Mill. Left hand – Leopold Daigneau, Arsene Lussier, Back roping boys. Burlington, Vt, May 1909
Mule spinning room in Chace Cotton Mill
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Spinners in Pell City

Spinners in Pell City Cotton Mill, grouped for me by the overseer. Mr. E. A. Thompson, Supt. of the Mill, is also mayor of Pell City. Pell City, Ala, November 1910
Pell City Cotton Mill, grouped
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14 years old spinner in Roanoke Cotton Mills

Young Spinner in Roanoke Cotton Mills. Said 14 years old, but it is doubtful. Roanoke, Va, May 1911
Young Spinner in Roanoke Cotton Mills
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5 years old Francis Lance

Francis Lance, 5 years old, 41 inches high. Sells regularly. St. Louis, Mo, May 1910
Francis Lance 5 years old
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Group of Young Cartoners

Group of Young Cartoners in Seacoast Canning Co. Not the youngest. Eastport, Me, August 1911
Group of Young Cartoners  Seacoast Canning
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little girls work in Richmond Hosiery Mills

These little girls all work in Richmond Hosiery Mills. Rossville, Ga, December 1910
girls  work in Richmond Hosiery Mills
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Carrying Cranberries

Merilda, Carrying Cranberries. Rochester, Mass, September 1911
Merilda Carrying Cranberries
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picking nuts

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
family Picking nuts
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Norris Luvitt Been picking

Norris Luvitt. Been picking 3 years in berry fields near Baltimore, June 1909
child Been picking 3 years in berry
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Frank Laporter, 13 years old

In a saloon doorway at 8:30 P.M. Left to right, George Cappello, 12 years old. Frank Laporter, 13 years old. Utica, N.Y., February 1910
George Cappello, 12 years old
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Children work in Lancaster Cotton Mills

Sadie 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
Children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills
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Spinners and Doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills

Spinners and Doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Dozens of them in this mill. Lancaster, S.C., December 1908
Doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills
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child workers London Hosiery Mills

Two of the child workers, a raveler and a looper in London Hosiery Mills. London, Tenn, December 1910
child workers a raveler and a looper
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Small children works in Parker Mills

Anne 7 years old, and brother Vincent said he was 11. Inez, sister said 6 years old,. Smallest one not Quite large enough to work. Father works in Parker Mills. Parker Mills, Mass, September 1911
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child laborers glassmaking factory

Baseball team composed mostly of child laborers from a glassmaking factory. Indiana (1908)
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Girl Carrying Bundle of Coats

Young girl Carrying Bundle of Coats home to be Finished. New York City, February 1912
Young girl Carrying Bundle of Coats
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Pickers on Swift's Bog

Young pickers on Swift’s Bog. All working. Falmouth, Mass, September 1911
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7 years old youngest worker, Annette Roy

Annette Roy, the youngest worker, 7 years old. Picked last summer. Also Napoleon Ruel, 9 years old. South Carver, Mass, 1912
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