History of Labor: Child Workers

One of our members sent us this interesting piece which showcases a number of photographs taken in the early 20th century illustrating child laborers and their working conditions.  The photographs were originally taken by Lewis Hine, a member of the National Child Labor Committee who was hired by that committee to document the rise of child labor and help push for laws to end the practice.

Labor unions played a large part in this history, first by petitioning states and local governments to regulate the practice and ultimately culminating in the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act which set rules and regulations on working hours and minimum age for employees at the federal level.

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