Hindman (labor, Appalachian State Univ.) introduces his topic with historical background, followed by substantive descriptions of child labor in the budding industries of early 20th-century America (coal mines, glass factories, textile mills, tenement sweat shops, street trades, and agriculture), using information largely culled from the National Child Labor Committee's (NCLC) 19-volume investigative reports. He traces the initial growth and eventual demise of most exploitative child labor (agriculture being a lingering exception) as influenced by industrial growth, along with the concomitant state/federal/union battles for control of the movements toward compulsory education, labor reform, human rights, and minimum wage standards. Hindman completes his well-structured and ably presented study with the argument that the American experience with child labor and industrial development can be usefully studied as a pattern for understanding the global child labor picture today in the world's less technically advanced countries. The book's content is enriched with captioned photographs by Lewis Wicks Hines, who was an active investigator with the influential NCLC in the early 1900s. Highly recommended for academic and general public libraries.-Suzanne W. Wood, formerly with SUNY Coll. of Technology at Alfred Lib. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.