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"Day Laborers Before Their Time" - Lewis W. Hine - Charities and the Commons

"If, with all these historical, social, and material advantages, such conditions can prevail among the newsboys and newsgirls of Hartford as are portrayed in the accompanying illustrations from life, no argument needs to be stated to prove the need of such an organization as the National Child Labor Committee, in the process of some of whose investigations the photographs were taken upon the streets of Hartford."

Charities and the Commons  1909-10-23

"Child Labor in the Carolinas" - A.J. McKelway - Charities and the Commons

"Lewis Hine, well-known to readers of this magazine by his photographs of social conditions in New York city and elsewhere, was sent by the National Child Labor Committee to investigate conditions in North and South Carolina and record the results with his camera. In November, 1908, he went to Charlotte, N.C., the center of the cotton mill region of the south. Over fifty percent of the cotton spindles and looms of the south are within one hundred miles of Charlotte. Mr. Hine visited nineteen and investigated seventeen mills, taking 230 photographs. . ."

Charities and the Commons  1909-01-30

"Child Labor in Gulf Coast Canneries: Photo-Graphic Investigation Made February, 1911" - Lewis W. Hine - Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

". . .By actual count of children at work, I found I25 boys and girls whom I judged to be from three to eleven years of age; and at least half of the canneries were working either a small crew or none at all on the days I visited them. This count I checked up constantly by means of ages given me by some of the children and their parents. From statements of age made by them, I have record of thirteen children three to five years old; twenty-five, six to eight years old; and fifteen, from nine to eleven; a total of fifty-three from three to eleven who told me their ages, and as I was getting photographs at the same time, too much questioning was hazardous. . ."

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  1911-07-01