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Photo Friday: Children and Mules – Working in U.S. Coal Mines

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This photo was taken in September 1908 in a coal mine in Gary, West Virginia, USA by Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940). Today, a copy is held at the U.S. Library of Congress, Records of the National Child Labor Committee where it documents the conditions in which children worked during the time.


Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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