Why Should They Work?
On view May 7–July 12, 2002
Tamiment Library, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University
70 Washington Square South (near Washington Square East), 10th Floor
Childhood is often perceived as a time of innocence and carefree abandon. Yet the majority of children around the world are engaged in labor—as were most children in the United States until less than a century ago. This exhibition features a wide range of archival materials on child labor from the collections of NYU’s Tamiment Library, including Lewis Hine’s photographs for the Progressive campaign to enact laws restricting child labor as well as related histories, periodicals, and pamphlets. Also on display are materials from recent campaigns addressing the consequences of globalization and child labor in overseas industries.