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Child Labour

Written by: George Chittenden : 11 Oct 2019

Sadly child labour still exists in many countries to this very day, and even in countries were it is outlawed that wasn’t always the case. In Victorian London orphans were actually sold to cotton-mills. This photo though was taken in America in 1909. At the time it was socially acceptable for children to work on family farms, but few really knew how bad the situation was, and the extent of work children were being used for.

young workers were so small they had to climb up on the spinning frame to mend the broken threads an

young workers were so small they had to climb up on the spinning frame to mend the broken threads an

In 1908 photographer Lewis Hine was employed by the newly-founded National Child Labor Committee to document child laborers and their workplaces nationwide. This is one of many images he captured and was taken at Bibb Mill No. 1 in Macon, Georgia. Hine’s work brought national attention to the issue of child labour and eventually led to the Fair Labor Standards Act being passed in 1938, which prohibited the employment of anyone under the age of sixteen in the USA.

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