Have you ever wondered why you don't work a full-time job like your mom and/or dad? Most children in the United States under the age of sixteen do not have jobs. They are free to join activities, such as soccer or scouts, and have time to play, and go to school. It has not always been like this. In the early 1900s, children, as young as three-years-old, worked full-time jobs, and many had 12-hour days.
Kids at Work is a book about Lewis Hine, the man who spent several years working with the National Child Labor Committee to raise awareness about child labor. He was smart, and knew that he could win more support for his cause by showing pictures than he could with words alone. This is what he did, often going into factories, mills, and canneries in disguise, because the owners of the factories did not want anyone taking pictures of their workers, and would try to stop him.
Was Lewis Hine successful in ending child labor? Is there any child labor in the United States today? Read Kids at work to find out.
Date read: 4/13/2009