Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rediscovering Lewis Hine

Lewis Wickes Hine was an investigative photographer who worked for the Child Labor Bureau. His photographs of children at work helped support legislation against child labor. You can view many of his images on the Library of Congress website. For the last several years Joe Manning of Massachusetts has tried to reunite those pictures with the families of the children depicted. He uses genealogical research tools to find their descendants. While some of the individuals he contacts knew their mothers or grandmothers worked as children, many didn't so Joe's discoveries are a surprise. He asked me to consult on a case last year--Cora Lee Griffin. You can read the whole story of this picture on his website Mornings on Maple Street.
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