The Lewis Hine Project: Tracking down the lives of child laborers
A presentation by Joe Manning
For more than seven years, Joe Manning has been identifying some of the more than 5,000 child laborers that were photographed in the early 1900s by Lewis Hine, and then tracking down and interviewing their descendants. So far, he has been successful at telling the stories of more than 300 children, thus answering many times over the proverbial question, "Whatever happened to that child?"
Hine was on a mission. He wanted to eradicate child labor in the United States, a practice that had existed since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and was rampant in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The National Child Labor Committee hired him in 1908 to take photographs of the children in or near their workplaces, in order to expose their plight to as many influential people as possible. Hine did that for the next 10 years.
Manning will show some of these historic photographs (most taken in New England), tell the stories of the children in them, and talk about the exciting process of searching for descendants, most of whom were not aware of the pictures of their parents or grandparents.
Free. Call 617-226-1226 to reserve a space.
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Joe Manning is an author, historian and freelance journalist. His Lewis Hine Project has been featured on CBS Evening News, several National Public Radio news programs, and in Yankee Magazine. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts.