Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

4/3/2012

From the cotton fields to sardine factories: The stunning images of workers as young as THREE that helped change labour laws

Fingertips sliced off as they gutted sardines, throats itchy with coughs from mine shafts or backs aching from hunching over cotton bushes in the Tennessee sun – these were the treacherous lives of the child labourers as young as three.

Sepia-tinged photographs taken by teacher-turned-photojournalist Lewis Wickes Hine between 1908 and 1924 capture their struggles, from breaking bones in unsafe conditions to long hours and poor pay.

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