These photos ended child labor in the US

  • Published on Jun 28, 2019
  • Child labor was widely practiced until a photographer showed the public what it looked like.
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    The 1900 US Federal Census revealed that 1.75 million children under the age of 16, more than one in five, were gainfully employed. They worked all over the country in cotton mills, glass blowing factories, sardine canneries, farms, and even coal mines. In an effort to expose this exploitation of children, the National Child Labor Committee hired a photographer to travel around the country and investigate and report on the labor conditions of children.
    Lewis Wickes Hine photographed and interviewed kids, some as young as 4 years old, and published his findings in various Progressive magazines and newspapers. Once the public saw the plight of these children, state legislatures were pressured to pass bills regulating labor for workers under the age of 18, effectively bringing an end to child labor in the United States.
    See the entire collection of Lewis Hine's photos for the National Child Labor Committee here:
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Comments • 2 724

  • Vox
    Vox  4 months ago +468

    You can watch all of our existing episodes of Darkroom in one playlist here:
    What historic photos or events would you want to see covered in the future?

    • Allied Atheist Alliance
      Allied Atheist Alliance 2 months ago

      Do one on the photographs of Arthur Fellig (Weegee)

    • Allied Atheist Alliance
      Allied Atheist Alliance 2 months ago

      Share this with a Libertarian, they get off on this stuff.

    • TheSmreeder
      TheSmreeder 2 months ago +1

      Every Picture tells a story

    • Hardtanker
      Hardtanker 3 months ago

      You should do an episode on war photos. mainly ones focusing on soldiers or one mainly focusing on the horrors of war. I believe that those who have suffered or sacrificed should have their stories told.

    • Xavier Peypoch
      Xavier Peypoch 4 months ago

      The death of Emiliano Zapata

  • Dickinson58601 Living In Dickinson North Dakota

    You have to remember, the wealthy don't take advantage of people, capitalism is the most fair of all systems. We don't need child labor laws, minimum wage, and social security, let the market place decide.

  • Kellyn Perez Hernandez
    Kellyn Perez Hernandez 15 hours ago

    wow how hash

  • Hernán Cortés
    Hernán Cortés 19 hours ago +1

    A clarification to your video title: ended in the laws, nothing more.

  • MAD TYGER_66
    MAD TYGER_66 Day ago

    Does this mean they can’t earn money ?

  • Myst Snow
    Myst Snow Day ago

    2:10 Logan Paul??

  • gowith theflow
    gowith theflow 2 days ago

    How about in entertainment nowadays? Isn't it the same??

  • darrenandbutterfly
    darrenandbutterfly 7 days ago

    Good information. Black children as young as 5 and 6 yrs old were also imprisoned under the Convict Leasing System during this era. Can you also make a video about that?

  • Cute Krishna
    Cute Krishna 9 days ago

    I hope some Indian Politicians watch this video & learn something from it
    Child Labour is a Crime
    Thanks for bringing this Video Vox
    I heard learnt Lot from it

  • grxy b dxlxn
    grxy b dxlxn 10 days ago

    i have a book full of all his photos including a bunch of these. it really put things into perspective for me when i was a kid and made me really grateful for what i have

  • Team oRbz
    Team oRbz 12 days ago +1

    75 cents back then is 21.16 today

  • Karl Lee
    Karl Lee 15 days ago

    They are all whites imagine my shock, thought only blacks, would suffer from labour conditions

  • Luke McCrory
    Luke McCrory 17 days ago

    Heyyy im a sophomore and we just learned about this in US history.
    So powerful

  • Love a Narc Once
    Love a Narc Once 19 days ago +1

    This is still happening today just on the otherside of the world

  • Love a Narc Once
    Love a Narc Once 19 days ago

    My grandfather worked at 6 years old to help his family but on the farm

    FRÉMAUX SOORMALLY 20 days ago


  • Selen n
    Selen n 25 days ago


  • Jeff Killer
    Jeff Killer Month ago

    Well they shall never grow old as they said at that time

  • LoganManila
    LoganManila Month ago

    No black child laborers? Or photographer didn’t think they were important to be included in the appeal to abolish child labor?

  • Creative 8D
    Creative 8D Month ago

    If I was at that time, I would be a lumber jack that cuts trees down

  • Ronin Bayacal
    Ronin Bayacal Month ago +1

    But can we talk about that shadow representation of Lewis at the start?? Awesome filmatography!

  • Dyuti Coomar
    Dyuti Coomar Month ago

    I hope someone does this in India ... Even though there are child labour laws in place, the enforcement is not that strict. I wish someone could document those thousands of young children who still go through this in 2019, more than a 100 years after these photographs were taken in America. Made me tear up. :(

  • Gading Surdawi
    Gading Surdawi Month ago

    this guys just invented post caption

  • Dev
    Dev Month ago +1

    can someone confirm what background music is playing in the first 75 seconds?

  • Yacob Zuriaw
    Yacob Zuriaw Month ago

    Photographer was spot on. He knew the population would have a lower tolerance for child pain if they were white.

  • crazygamer101 _
    crazygamer101 _ Month ago +1

    School is child labor

  • Elvis Ines
    Elvis Ines Month ago

    Every other sentence “Social” lol

  • Massachusetts Mapping
    Massachusetts Mapping Month ago +1

    Here in MA, the town I live in a hundred years ago was a mill town, and had a ton of child workers who could barely speak English, who came from Poland and from French speaking parts of Canada, and Lewis Hine actually came here and took pictures.

  • An Dre
    An Dre Month ago

    yet my step dad makes me work

  • Awais Pasha
    Awais Pasha Month ago


  • Tony Toons
    Tony Toons 2 months ago

    *America in 1909: Why don't we take child labour, and move it to somewhere else?*

  • HX3 EN/FR
    HX3 EN/FR 2 months ago +1

    Mhhh not really noice

  • I have a small Peepee, but

    Photographers: Well bois, we did it. Child Labor is no more.

  • Mr Glubble
    Mr Glubble 2 months ago

    The last image of John Lennon and yoko ono, specifically the cover of Rolling Stones

  • Stephanie Washington
    Stephanie Washington 2 months ago +1

    Beautiful but sad photos....very moving

  • saud almansour
    saud almansour 2 months ago +1

    You can see in their faces how they aged quickly, it's sad knowing actual human beings are behind this evil companies.

  • Sergio Alcantara
    Sergio Alcantara 2 months ago

    Lost slaves, so went to the next best thing. Children. God are we lazy.

  • Alex Kaczmarczyk
    Alex Kaczmarczyk 2 months ago +1

    1:11 No one cares but i live very close to Wilkes Barre and West nanticoke

  • sir. Phillip
    sir. Phillip 2 months ago

    What was wrong with the farm work or the news boys, or delivery boy that was a decent way to make money and now i cant get a job so i can buy things i want

    • -Vinetail -
      -Vinetail - 2 months ago

      They made money to survive, not anything different than today but they barely made any money at all. Cheap labor.

  • Ibroo Vlogs
    Ibroo Vlogs 2 months ago

    Dw guys there is still child labour

  • Harth Productions
    Harth Productions 2 months ago

    That photographer experienced VICTORY.

  • Alfonso Luengo
    Alfonso Luengo 2 months ago

    in 1:41 its says 1909 but in the video it displays 1905

  • mario parra
    mario parra 2 months ago

    clutch your pearls then go and buy something made in china.

  • Geoff Griffiths
    Geoff Griffiths 2 months ago +1

    Kids with adult faces.

  • Abhar Bhattarai
    Abhar Bhattarai 2 months ago +2

    Thank you so much for this.

  • Jacob Monnin
    Jacob Monnin 2 months ago

    These photos changed it. Nothing else.

  • Yamaly Hernandez
    Yamaly Hernandez 2 months ago

    I love ur channel broda 🤙🏻

  • Meelow Avila
    Meelow Avila 2 months ago

    I wonder at what point did they think it was a good idea to make the kids work in the mines

  • Levio4life
    Levio4life 2 months ago +1

    Omg that whole curiosity stream is so freaking cool!!!! I didn't know that was a thing!!!!

  • AntiSocial Atheist
    AntiSocial Atheist 2 months ago

    Weren't the progressives democratic socialists at that time?

  • Candis C
    Candis C 2 months ago

    that was really done well.

  • Private Notitia
    Private Notitia 2 months ago +9

    *so many of us complain today about not having the latest video games or tech....*
    *look at how the world was 100years ago.*

  • Mary Patton
    Mary Patton 2 months ago +1

    Today we have gone to the opposite extreme where children don't work at all. Balance please.

  • Pony Ny
    Pony Ny 2 months ago

    I can’t believe there are people saying literal children working isn’t important because “life isnt fair” and they need to “toughen up”..imagine shrugging at a literal 6 year old getting black lung working in mines. I’m going to throw up.

  • Stephen Conway
    Stephen Conway 2 months ago

    There is always the debate about buying goods from countries which that use child labor. To some degree you can say if the people are poor they not buying starves them of that money. Then again, aren't we rich enough to ensure that they don't need to be poor. My long since grandmother used to say even rich people can only eat boiled eggs one at a time. We are rich enough.

  • Stephen Conway
    Stephen Conway 2 months ago

    Brilliant document. Thanks.

  • Tim Roswell
    Tim Roswell 2 months ago

    I'd like to ask these kids what they think about their white privilage.

    • TMR
      TMR 2 months ago +1

      Black kids worked too. The reason you don't see them in these pictures is because they mattered even less than these kids. So, even though these kids didn't have much privilege, they still had more privilege than colored kids.

  • pkmondol
    pkmondol 2 months ago

    We still haven't figured this out... the power of photos/videos in really accelerating change. Recall Ray Rice. He was going to play football for the Ravens, until the TMZ video came out of him punching his wife. It took seeing the video of what domestic violence really looks like for the Ravens to decide to cut him.

    One of the biggest issues in America right now is gun violence. If they showed pictures/videos of the slaughtered children at Sandy Hook, there's no question we'd have stronger gun control and maybe even banned high powered guns at this point.

  • jackelracer593
    jackelracer593 2 months ago

    we should bring it back

  • Keyboard Dancers
    Keyboard Dancers 2 months ago

    Part of what built america.