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  • Andrew W Morse

    young cigarmakers, Tampa, Florida (1909) by American sociologist and photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), who used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States

  • Kita Inoru

    January 1909: Young boys working as cigar makers at the Englahardt & Co. Tampa, Florida - Photo by Lewis Hine, found via Buzzfeed

  • Jessica P.

    The photos that changed America's child labor laws: Harrowing images of children as young as three forced to do back-breaking work in fields, factories and mines. A young cigar makers in Engelhardt & Co. In busy times many small boys and girls were employed. Tampa, Florida, 1909. Hine wrote that the boys looked under 14 and that all the youngsters smoked.

  • Patti W

    The History Place - Child Labor in America 1908-12: Lewis Hine Photos - The Cigar Factory

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