Lewis Hine, a New York City schoolteacher and photographer, believed that a picture could tell a powerful story.
Hine traveled around the country photographing the working conditions of children in all types of industries. He photographed children in coal mines, in meatpacking houses, in textile mills, and in canneries. He took pictures of children working in the streets as shoe shiners, newsboys, and hawkers.
Breaker boys, Hughestown Borough Pa. Coal Co. One of these is James Leonard, another is Stanley Rasmus. Pittston, Pa. Mid - A young driver in the Brown mine. Has been driving one year. Works 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Brown W. Va. Right - Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Pittston, Pa.
At the close of day. Waiting for the cage to go up. The cage is entirely open on two sides and not very well protected on the other two, and is usually crowded like this. The small boy in front is Jo Puma. S. Pittston, Pa.
View of the Ewen Breaker of the Pa. Coal Co. The dust was so dense at times as to obscure the view. This dust penetrated the utmost recesses of the boys' lungs. A kind of slave-driver sometimes stands over the boys, prodding or kicking them into obedience. S. Pittston, Pa.
Harley Bruce, a young coupling-boy at Indian Mine. He appears to be 12 or 14 years old and says he has been working there about a year. It is hard work and dangerous. Near Jellico, Tenn.
Evaluating Primary Sources 1. How are photographs used by historians? 2. What other types of primary sources do you know about? 3. What is the importance of using primary sources in understanding history? 4. What if no one took photographs of these children?
Evaluating Primary Sources 1. What does the photograph tell you about the prevailing attitudes and conditions of the time period? 2. How is perspective used? 3. In what roles are people portrayed? 4. What are your feelings about the content of the photograph?
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