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Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor
Contributor(s): Burgan, Michael

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ISBN: 0756545102     ISBN-13: 9780756545109
Publisher: Compass Point Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2011

Annotation: 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, heart breaking 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 teach and change the world. With his camera Hine showed people what life was like for immigrants, the poor, and the children working in mines, factories, and mills. In the words of an 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.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Child labor; United States; History; Juvenile literature.
Coal mines and mining; Pennsylvania; History; Juvenile literature.
Child labor; United States; History; Pictorial works; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Photography
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Media Studies
Dewey: 331.3/10973
LCCN: 2011003316
Lexile Measure: 1020
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Captured History
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.25" (0.50 lbs) 64 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 145331
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q55651
Reading Level: 8.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 5.0
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Photographs can often be more powerful than the written word in bringing social change. The work of Lewis Hine to improve child labor laws and Will Counts to show the vulnerability of those trying to integrate schools are prime examples. These well-written narratives are illustrated with numerous captioned photographs. Timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Captured History titles: Breaker Boys and Little Rock Girl 1957.]
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