Worker in Cotton Mill, Rhode Island, 1909

Description
A Lewis Hine silver print from about 1906–1918, this image of a young boy working at a loom in a cotton mill in Rhode Island is one in a series of photographs made by Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. The photographs document child labor throughout America in the early 20th century. As a "sociological photographer" and one of the earliest practitioners of what has come to be known as photojournalism, Hine used his photography to raise public consciousness about the inhumane and dangerous working conditions to which children were being exposed every day. His work was instrumental in bringing about child labor laws and raising safety standards in the American workplace, a social movement that would secure the promise of childhood for future generations.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Photograph
photograph
Date made
ca 1906-1918
maker
Hine, Lewis
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.7 cm x 11.7 cm; 6 9/16 in x 4 5/8 in
Place Made
United States: Rhode Island
ID Number
PG*72.78.10
catalog number
72.78.10
subject
Photography
Industry & Manufacturing
Government, Politics, and Reform
Children
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

11/14/2012 1:13:30 PM
I. McLean
I have not found among your collections of American History any collection dedicated to the American Labor Movement. Did I miss it? If not, do you plan to add a collection about the American Labor Movement? If so, what details can you share?
7/16/2013 3:14:08 PM
National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History has extensive collections related to the American labor movement. At this time only a very small portion of the museum's objects are accessible via the web.
7/16/2013 3:24:18 PM
National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History has extensive collections related to the American labor movement. At this time only a very small portion of the museum's objects are accessible via the web. Labor related photographs, objects, and archival material can be found in the holdings of many divisions including Work and Industry, Information Technology and Communication, the Archives Center, and especially Politics and Reform. Artifacts related to labor also appear in many standing exhibitions such as "America on the Move" and "The American Presidency," although there is no single permanent exhibition specifically on labor. In the past labor stories have been highlighted in "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops 1820-Present"; "Who's in Charge: Workers and Managers in the United States"; "Images of Steel"; and "Symbols and Images of Labor."
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