Scenes In Canneries

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Reminiscent of cruel exploitation of children in England described by Charles Dickens in the 1840's, these haunting photographs by Lewis Hine show the realities of life in American canneries during the early 1900's.

An educator by profession, Hine had used his camera as an aid to teaching but he abandoned his occupation when he became convinced that pictures were more powerful than words and went to work as a photographer for the National Child Labor Committee.

Source: American Labor, A Pictorial Social History by M.B. Schnapper, Copyright 1972