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Lewis Hine: The child labour photos that shamed America
BBC News ^ | 12th April 2012 | BBC News

Posted on 04/12/2012 11:02:52 AM PDT by the scotsman

'Lewis Hine is most famous for his photographs of the construction workers who helped build the Empire State Building in 1930.

But in the years before he celebrated the heroic labour of these men working high above Manhattan, Hine used his photographs to campaign for social reform.

In 1908 the then-sociology professor was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to document how children as young as seven were working in cotton mills and coal mines.

Over a decade he took thousands of photographs that helped convince US lawmakers to introduce new industrial regulations to protect children.

Alison Nordstrom, senior curator of photographs of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, talked to the BBC about the new book of this historic photographer's work, entitled simply Lewis Hine.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York; United Kingdom
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1 posted on 04/12/2012 11:02:58 AM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman
Where the demagoguery began.

Now we teach kids that it's illegal for them to work until they are grown ups, then when they are grownups they still think it's illegal for them to work.

2 posted on 04/12/2012 11:05:40 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: the scotsman

Where are the black ones?


3 posted on 04/12/2012 11:06:19 AM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Child labor laws weren’t for the benefit of the children or their families, they were enacted for the benefit of the unions.


4 posted on 04/12/2012 11:08:50 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000
Child labor laws weren’t for the benefit of the children or their families, they were enacted for the benefit of the unions

Minimum wage, too.

The minimum wage was invented to do one thing; protect white unionized construction workers from competition from black, non-unionized construction workers, who were paid less (blacks were banned from union membership during the 1930s).

The year the minimum wage law went into effect was the last year the unemployment rate of blacks was lower than that for whites.

5 posted on 04/12/2012 11:10:22 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Now we teach kids that it's illegal for them to work until they are grown ups, then when they are grownups they still think it's illegal for them to work.

This is caused by the lack of work ethic being instilled during their development age! You teach a teenager that work is good and that they EARNED that dollar through the loss of their personal time and the gift of their, they won't want the government to provide for them. They will want to provide for themselves for the rest of their lives! It is THAT individualistic mentality which is curse on our would-be Socialist/Communists leaders of the USSA!!
6 posted on 04/12/2012 11:16:25 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: the scotsman
Propaganda from the First Progressive Era.
7 posted on 04/12/2012 11:17:03 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Millions upon millions of kids were able to work on the family farm, the family store, family cotton mills and coal mines.

The work was needed to be done and we had a willing and free workforce, while today we don’t have large willing workforce and by no means with unions and regulations do we have a free workforce.

If we were to drop the current regulations on child labor and other issues, we could bring millions of these types of jobs back to the USA.


8 posted on 04/12/2012 11:19:50 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; achilles2000
WHAT?!?!

How dare you speak such blasphemy to the holy Liberal word?!? These laws were for the chill'ren! That is the only thing on these great, loving people's minds - those poor chill'ren!

Any collateral damage to non-union people was just lucky, very coordinated, coincidence!
9 posted on 04/12/2012 11:23:05 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: ExTxMarine
the gift of their, = the gift of their skills,

That was supposed to be in the message. Sorry.
10 posted on 04/12/2012 11:25:52 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

True dat...


11 posted on 04/12/2012 11:27:08 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Now we teach kids that it's illegal for them to work until they are grown ups, then when they are grownups they still think it's illegal for them to work.

.... and illegals DON'T work.

12 posted on 04/12/2012 11:32:10 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I thanked child labor laws the last time I saw a 300 lb 14 year old watching an illegal alien mow his family’s lawn.

Granted it isn’t a direct result but the mindset is.


13 posted on 04/12/2012 11:32:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: the scotsman

Oh the shame! The horror! Children engaged in productive activity, without the benefit of government employees to enforce indolence and stupor, to dispense mind numbing drugs and even more mind numbing official propaganda. I’m sorry, I’d rather have worked in a coal mine at age seven than waste my time in the indolence of the modern American public school.


14 posted on 04/12/2012 11:39:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: the scotsman

Where is the Chinese Lewis Hine?


15 posted on 04/12/2012 11:41:58 AM PDT by Catmom
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To: the scotsman

THIS American is not “shammed”.

I thank God that my parents taught me the value of work and instilled within me strong work ethics, that has been the cornerstone of my successes throughout my life.

I started working for money when I was about 11, lawn work, strawberry picking, newspaper routes on my used $26 bicycle and on and on.

My dad also taught me that “any job worth doing, was worth doing well” (I remember the day he first told me that, I was raking leaves), and that as long as I put 110% of myself into a job and did the job at least 10% better than the guy standing next to me, I would always win. For me, he was right.

I retired at the age of 53 because of those lessons/blessings.

A good many kids of the present generation are in for a very rude awakening.


16 posted on 04/12/2012 11:53:21 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: the scotsman

Let’s see pictures of children working in the UK about that same time. Maybe the BBC could show us those. Always convenient to bring up certain events in US history during a bash the US theme. Let me help the BBC here: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/IRchild.main.htm


17 posted on 04/12/2012 12:35:38 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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18 posted on 04/12/2012 12:39:30 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: the scotsman

Better to have a work ethic.


19 posted on 04/12/2012 1:03:06 PM PDT by ROTB (FReepmail me if you want to join a team seeking the LORD for a Christian revival now in the USA.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The year the minimum wage law went into effect was the last year the unemployment rate of blacks was lower than that for whites.

***

Sounds right. Do you have a link to share?


20 posted on 04/12/2012 1:04:24 PM PDT by ROTB (FReepmail me if you want to join a team seeking the LORD for a Christian revival now in the USA.)
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To: ROTB
My Conservative Presentation to a Black, Liberal Class, by Byron Horatio

...In 1930, black unemployment was a full percentage point lower than whites, even in a time of more racism. The reason was that blacks were barred from union membership, so could more easily underbid unionized whites for jobs. Even in the post-bellum South, 80% of low-skilled laborers were black. The Davis-Bacon Act, the first federal legislation on minimum wages, was specifically intended by its drafters to restrict blacks from federal construction contracts, which they had previously dominated. The subsequent Wagner Act and other New Deal legislation further shut out blacks from trades. 1930 was the last year that black unemployment was lower than whites. In 2011, twice as many blacks are unemployed as whites, as a percentage of population.

21 posted on 04/12/2012 1:18:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: achilles2000
Child labor laws weren’t for the benefit of the children or their families, they were enacted for the benefit of the unions.

Bingo! And my 10th. grade History and Civics Teacher in a public school was brave enough to stand up and tell us this.


22 posted on 04/12/2012 2:04:21 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: the scotsman

AT LEAST THOSE KIDS WERE WORKING..........


NOW; we abort the little bastards.. extremely high percentage among BLACKS...
ALL of those aborted kids would love to work for peanuts..

What!.. what... did I say something WRONG?..
Nevermind then....


23 posted on 04/12/2012 2:08:58 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: SkyDancer

The BBC is running the article because there is a new book on Hine out. A fact the article (and even my excerpt) makes clear. Wind in the paranoia, mate.


24 posted on 04/12/2012 5:27:11 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: the scotsman

I wasn’t questioning your excerpt. I was questioning the title the BBC gave the article. There is no paranoia from me. I just get a tad defensive when a county starts disparaging mine with snarkey titles to their stories. I know all about Hine and his photography. It’s good stuff. But when, in this case, the BBC uses it to slam the US, yeah, I get a bit upset. And again, maybe the BBC should do some articles on the UK’s child labour disgrace. Those kids from the South did it voluntarily. During the 1800’s in England kids were sold by orphanages and debt prisons to work in English textile mills under more horrific circumstances than what went on in the US. Mate.


25 posted on 04/12/2012 6:22:01 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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