Child Labor

Child Labor
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  • In the late 1800s, many children in the US were working to support their family.
  • You'll soon wish you were back at school.
  • I finally get to work!!!
  • Yeah, there isn't anything fun about it.
  • They often spent long ruling hours working in dangerous conditions.
  • By 1904 more than 1.5 million children were working in America.
  • Kids, be careful out there... many people would do anything to keep child labor hidden.
  • I took this picture in a factory. This child has burns on his arms and legs for working near industrial boilers.
  • Martha is now 13 and is a spinner. 
  • It is now 1908 and Floyd now is 10 and working in the aisle where... 
  • Are you sick?
  • Martha is distracted with Floyd's worry some cough. Suddenly there was a clunk of loose thread.
  • Nah... just wheezy.
  • Martha screamed and fell to the floor. Floyd helped her up and saw that her fingers were badly mangled. 
  • May I take a picture of you working in your factory?
  • Sorry sir but, I can't afford taking time off of work.
  • Hine continues to set up his camera anyway but, gets interrupted by the boss.
  • There's no pictures in this factory... now get out or I'll kick you out myself.
  • Hine is now taking a photo of Martha in the factory and she hides her hands.
  • When Hine's powerful photos of bedraggled children started appearing in newspapers...
  • Americans were stunned.
  • I don't know. A long time?
  • How long have you been working here Martha?
  • Hine jots this down in his notebook along with a few other pieces of information.
  • It's dark. Leo and Martha were just getting home in time for dinner. 
  • How much money did you make?
  • 52 cents
  • Martha tells her dad about Hine. 
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