Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor

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Photobiography of early twentieth-century photographer Lewis Hine, using his own work as illustrations. Hines's photographs of children at work were so devastating that they convinced the American people that Congress must pass child labor laws. "Readers will not only come to appreciate the impact of his groundbreaking work, but will also learn how one man dedicated and developed his skill and talents to bring about social reform." -- School Library Journal, starred review ...
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Overview

Photobiography of early twentieth-century photographer Lewis Hine, using his own work as illustrations. Hines's photographs of children at work were so devastating that they convinced the American people that Congress must pass child labor laws. "Readers will not only come to appreciate the impact of his groundbreaking work, but will also learn how one man dedicated and developed his skill and talents to bring about social reform." -- School Library Journal, starred review
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hine photographed underprivileged child laborers from 1908-1918; their depleted faces look out from almost every page. "Freedman does an outstanding job of integrating historical photographs with meticulously researched and highly readable prose," said PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Using the photographer's work throughout, Freedman provides a documentary account of child labor in America during the early 1900s and the role Lewis Hine played in the crusade against it. He offers a look at the man behind the camera, his involvement with the National Child Labor Committee, and the dangers he faced trying to document unjust labor conditions. Solemn-faced children, some as young as three years old, are shown tending looms in cotton mills or coated with coal dust in the arresting photos that accompany the explanations of the economics and industries of the time. Both Freedman's words and quotes from Hine add impact to the photos, explaining to contemporary children the risky or fatiguing tasks depicted. Details such as Hine's way of determining children's height by measuring them against his own coat buttons add further depth and a personal touch to the already eloquent statements made by his thoughtfully composed black-and-white portraits. Also included are some of the photographer's other projects throughout his career. Readers will not only come to appreciate the impact of his groundbreaking work, but will also learn how one man dedicated and developed his skill and talents to bring about social reform.-Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
From the Publisher
"In 1908 Lewis Hine left his teaching position for a full-time job as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, then conducting a major campaign against the exploitation of children. Hine's photographs serve as a visual accompaniment to Freedman's narrative, which not only documents the abuses of the times but also traces the chronology of Hine's development as a crusader." Horn Book

"Readers will not only come to appreciate the impact of his groundbreaking work, but will also learn how one man dedicated and developed his skill and talents to bring about social reform." School Library Journal, Starred

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395797266
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 284,658
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

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Table of Contents

1 A Crusader with a Camera 1
2 Becoming a Photographer 7
3 Seeing Is Believing 21
4 Spinners, Doffers, and Sweepers 31
5 Breaker Boys 47
6 Street Kids and Farm Kids 59
7 Making a Difference 71
Declaration of Dependence 91
Child Labor Then and Now 93
Bibliography 99
Acknowledgments and Picture Credits 101
Index 102
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    My 5th grade social studies teacher Mrs.Secreti showed us this book in class one day. Because we had to do a book report on a social studies book she had in her class. So when she told us to find a book in her class to read I picked up this one. I picked this book because I wanted to see how life was like for kids like me. I feel and this book really teaches us kid about our past and I heard from someone 'learning the past is creating our futute.' This book is creating our future!

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