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Working His Way Up: 1916

Working His Way Up: 1916

June 20, 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. "Marian Viera, 101 Columbia St., Doffer in mill. Says he gets $7.74 a week." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Working His Way Up: 1916

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Mariano was 15 years old when he was photographed. In 1916, Massachusetts enacted the most progressive child labor law in the country. Children age 14 and 15 could not work in factories unless they were certified by school authorities that they could read and write English, and that they had finished at least the fourth grade. A similar law, the Keating-Owen Act, was passed by the US Congress the same year. Hine was in Fall River to see if the Massachusetts law was being enforced. He confirmed that it apparently was.

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