The Effects Of Child Labor Laws On The United States Essay

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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 laws in the United States (Michael Herring). Hine was born on September 26, 1874, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where he spent his entire childhood. 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…

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