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Image of Carolina Cotton Mill 9558



Lewis Wickes Hine


Carolina Cotton Mill

Creation Date

ca. 1908


early 20th century

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support


Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


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Lewis Hine, an American sociologist, used the "inescapable veracity" of the camera to expose the plight of the poor in the United States at the turn of the century. Commissioned by the National Child Labor Committee to document the working conditions of the nation's children, his photographs instigated Congress to pass the Child Labor Law. Carolina Cotton Mill is one of Hine's best-known photographs from this important series.

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