Child Labor (Babies In the Mill / Dark as a Dungeon)

January 12, 2011

The vast majority of these photographs are taken by Lewis Hine, who between 1908 and 1912 traveled around the United States photographing children as young as 3 years old working in mines, factories, fields and mills. These children often worked dangerous jobs for long hours and little pay. The first song “Babies In the Mill” I took off of The American Labor Studies Center website which does not list the artist. The photographs, begin with children working in mills and factories, as well as some other random jobs like newspaper selling (Newsies) fruit pickers, seafood workers etc. Than to the end of the song, are recent photographs of children in third world nations. The second song is called “Dark as a Dungeon” written and performed by Merle Travis. (1946) The Black and white photographs are again from Lewis Hines, of children working in mines across the United States. The color photographs to the end are of various children in third world nations. Several of the photographs to the end of the film are of 14 year old Basillo Vargas, who has been a silver miner for 4 years, and is depicted in the film ” The Devil’s Miner”
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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