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A Six Year-Old Girl Picking Cotton

6-year old Jewel Walker picks cotton in Comanche County, Oklahoma. Other pictures taken in Comanche include quotations from parents and children, and detail about their labor. For example, Jewel and her younger brother, Harold (not depicted), pick 20 to 25 pounds of cotton. Their father said "I promised em a little wagon if they'd pick steady, and now they have half a bagful in just a little while." 

Lewis W. Hines, Jewel and Harold Walker, 6 and 5 Years Old. October 10 1916. Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division.

The photographer, Lewis W. Hine is best known for his photos of child labor practices, which were produced with the support of the National Child Labor Committee from 1911-1916. He also photographed immigrants at Ellis Island starting in 1904. Hine also took pictures of the effects of World War I in Farance and the Balkans for Red Cross Magazine. 

"Lewis Wickes Hine". International Center of Photography. Accessed November 1 2018.


A six year-old girl picking cotton
Citation (Chicago Style): 

Hine, Lewis Wickes. 6-Year Old Jewel Walker. See 4564 and 4565. Location: Comanche County -- [Geronimo], Oklahoma. October 16, 1916. Photograph. Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Divisions. (Accessed November 1, 2018).

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