Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1874, Lewis Hine studied at the University of Chicago and went on to teach at the Ethical Culture School in New York City. While in New York Hine took up photography and documented school activities and immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. He also became interested in taking photographs that would document child labor, and his photographs were published in the social welfare magazine "Charities and the Commons". As part of this work, he travelled from Texas to Maine to take photos of children working on the street, mills, and farms. These documents were instrumental in providing reform groups with the visual evidence of the negative impact that work had on children. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has digitized 4,735 of these photographs and placed them here for the general public. Visitors can browse around the images by state, or they can also perform their own detailed search. It is a moving and compelling collection, and one that warrants several return visits.
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