Mississippi Shrimp Picker, 1911 - stock photo
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Mississippi Shrimp Picker, 1911

Entitled: "Olga Schubert, 855 Gruenwald St. The little 5 year old after a day's work that began about 5:00 A.M. helping her mother in the Biloxi Canning Factory, begun at an early hour, was tired out and refused to be photographed. The mother said, "Oh, She's ugly." Both she and other persons said picking shrimp was very hard on the fingers. Location: Biloxi, Mississippi." Child labor refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful. According to the 1900 US Census about 1 in every 6 Children between the ages of five and ten were engaged in "gainful occupations" in the United States. This trend alarmed Americans who, while supporting the traditional role of children in agriculture, found the idea of American youth laboring for meager wages in industrial factories appalling. From 1909 to 1921 the NCLC (National Child Labor Committee) capitalized on this moral outrage by making it the focal point of the NCLC campaign against child labor. They hired Lewis Hine, a teacher and professional photographer trained in sociology, to document child labor in American industry. Over the next ten years Hine would publish thousands of photographs designed to pull at the nation's heartstrings. Photographed by Lewis Hine, February 1911.

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15 x 10 inches / 38 x 26 cm

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