The Tragedy of Child Labor
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Around 1906, Arthur Kellogg suggested to Hine that he might do freelance photography and create photo stories for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC). Founded in 1905, the NCLC was dedicated to eliminating child labor in the United States. The NCLC was dedicated to publicizing this situation. Its inspectors went into factories, mines, and fish canneries to expose the conditions of child workers. Then the NCLC printed the inspectors’ reports in its brochures and pamphlets to expose the tragedy of child labor. Hull House also set up bathing facilities for poor tenement families, a daycare center for the children of working parents, and a gymnasium. During the early twentieth century, Addams led efforts to bring reforms in child labor conditions, housing for the poor, and education for all. Lewis Hine used his slides to present lectures on child labor, and the NCLC loaned his photographs to groups throughout America that were trying to publicize the conditions of children at work.