One of many children working in Carolina cotton mills, 1908

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In 1908, Hine was commissioned by the National Child Labour Committee to begin documenting young workers across the country. At the time, children were regularly employed on family farms, but Hine’s photographs brought attention to their work as miners, mill workers, and oyster shuckers, and eventually helped lead to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938.

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