1920's: Roaring or Boring?
By: Ryanne H. and Matthew W.
This artifact is a photo taken by Lewis Hine, that became known as the "breaker boys." It depicts three boys from coal mines in Pitston, Pennsylvania. This photo showed the boys in terrible condition and was utilized by the National Child Labor Committee's campaign for increased rights. The National Child Labor Committee’s work to end child labor was combined with efforts to provide free, compulsory education for all children, and culminated in the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, which set federal standards for child labor. The National Child Labor Committee's work in child labor reformation is roaring because it brought public awareness to children like the "breaker boys."