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The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Twelfth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Examining the Evidence Activites
Chapter 24: Industry Comes of Age, 1865-1900

Examining Related Evidence: The Photography of Lewis Hine
This internet activity is based on the Examining the Evidence feature found on page 547 of The American Pageant, Twelfth Edition. Or you can view the feature here.

It is hard to judge the potential impact of Hine’s photographs by only looking at one of them. To investigate his images further, go to The History Place’s site on Child Labor in America and examine the photographs there. Click on individual photographs to enlarge them. Be sure to read Hine’s original captions under each photograph.

  1. What are the categories into which this collection is divided?
  2. Describe the three photographs that seem most powerful to you and explain the impact of each.
  3. How accurate are these photographs as historical documents? What other kinds of sources would help you evaluate the accuracy of these photographs?
  4. Why did many of the families of these children oppose child labor legislation?