Happy Birthday, Lewis Hine
Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Hughestown Borough Coal Co. Pittston, Pa., 01/16/1911
Born September 26, 1874, investigative photographer Lewis Wickes Hine used his camera as both a research tool and an instrument of social reform. This photograph is one of a series given to the Children’s Bureau by the National Child Labor Committee. The almost five hundred photographs represent a fraction of the approximately 5,000 photographs Hine took for the committee to document working and living conditions for children.
These thousands of photos are documentation of the oppressive, exploitive behavior of unregulated capitalism. Not a positive testimonial to so-called ‘free market capitalism.’ Oh, btw, the photos aren’t great witnesses for parenting in this country, either.