Paris Waif, 1918. By Lewis Hine, Whose Powerful Photographs Helped Prompt Child Labor Law Reforms In The US.
According to the 1900 US Census, 18.2% of children aged ten to fifteen years were child laborers. Many held dangerous jobs in mines, mills, and factories.
Lews Hine’s photographs exposed the appalling conditions many of these exploited children worked under. Still, it would be decades before comprehensive child labor laws were passed in the US.