In 1908 the National Child Labor Commission hired photographer Lewis Hine to document the exploitation of young children laboring in the country’s mines, mills, and factories. His work played a major role in the 1938 passage of the country’s first federal child labor law. Hine’s photos inspired Joe Manning from Western Massachusetts to look for the families of some of the children Hine immortalized on film. WFCR’s Charlene Scott reports.
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