Lewis W. Hine: The History Of Child Labor?

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During the early decades of the twentieth century, the number of child laborers in the United States boomed. As the industrialization period occurred, which moved workers from farms and home workshops, into urban areas and factory work, children were often preferred. The owners of factories viewed them to be more convenient, cheaper, and less likely to strike. Therefore inciting the era of child labor in the United States. A man by the name of Lewis W. Hine began taking photographs of children in the workforce as a tool for social reform. Hine, along with his camera, saved children all throughout America by enabling the public to see the immorality of child labor. Hine’s photographs were, therefore, essential in the changing of child labor …show more content…
Hine worked as a janitor for a local bank to help his family out financially after his father passed away from a car accident in 1892. After several years of working, Hine worked his way up to become the supervising sweeper at the bank. Hine experienced first hand the exploitation of young workers and he was determined to escape this type of life (Lewis Hine). Hine attended the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and New York University where he studied sociology. Once he graduated, he taught at the Ethical Culture School in New York City where he would pursue his students to use photography as an educational medium. While teaching, Hine would take his students to Ellis Island in the New York Harbor to photograph the thousands of immigrants arriving each and every day. Between the years 1904 and 1909, Hine realized that the use of documentary photography could be used as a means for social change and reform …show more content…
I took my photo at around 3:30 p.m. one day after school last week. It was a cloudy day, so my lighting wasn’t too bright or too dark. My camera was on the original setting, due to the fact that I never knew how to change it. All of Hine’s photographs were in black and white, due to the time period, so I ensured that my photo was in black and white by turning on the tonal filter on my iPhone. After I took about ten different photos, I thanked Stanley’s parents for letting me take photographs on their farm, and headed back

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