Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor Paperback
Provide this powerful visual of American history to your students, and share the truth of how little boys, some as young as 6, spent their long days, not playing or studying, but sorting coal in dusty, loud, and dangerous conditions. Many of these breaker boys worked 10 hours a day, six days a week, all for as little as 45 cents a day. Child labor was common in the United States in the 19th century. It took the compelling, heartbreaking photographs of Lewis Hine and others to bring the harsh working conditions to light. Hine and his fellow Progressives wanted to end child labor. He knew photography would reveal the truth and change the world. With his camera, Hine showed people what life was like for immigrants, the poor, and children working in mines, factories, and mills. In the words of a historian, the more than 7,000 photos Hine took of American children at work aroused public sentiment against child labor in a way that no printed page or public lecture could.
©2012. 64 pages, Softcover. 9 x 10 inches.
Reading Level: 5-7, Interest Level: 5-9, GRL: Z
Lexile Level: 1020L, ATOS Level: 7.1, AR Points: 1.0
AR Quiz Number: 145331, Early Intervention Level: 30
ISBN: 9780756544393 / 0-7565-4439-4