One hundred years ago, there were no federal laws protecting children who, by necessity, or choice, worked in the factories, fields, and streets of America. Concerned adults formed The National Child Labor Committee to investigate working conditions and to legislate for change. They hired Lewis Wickes Hine as an investigative photographer. Hine worked for 16 years photographing child laborers.
In free verse, I have imagined the stories behind the photographs.
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