Lewis Hine Shedding Light on Child Labor through Photographs

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The Industrial Revolution: long hours, low pay, and unsafe conditions. An eye-opening activity explores the darker side of industry and exposes the realities of child labor with photos. Scholars view four photos from the famous photographer Lewis Hine. They complete an analysis of each image to better understand the poor working conditions children were subjected to and finish with a group discussion to allow scholars share what they learned. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare child labor conditions during the Industrial Revolution to modern times
  • Have learners conduct research on the working conditions in factories 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Internet access to complete a portion of the activity 
  • Activity uses primary sources to enhance learning
  • Provides teaching instructions to help educators guide pupils 
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