This is a photograph of breaker boys – child labor used to separate coal from slate. This image helped lead the nation to outlaw child labor. The photo was taken by Lewis Hine who traveled the United States taking photographs of child laborer.
Spinners and doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills.Dozens of them in this mill. Lancaster, S.C, Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. From the series: National Child Labor Committee Photographs taken by Lewis Hine