National Child Labor Committee: Defining Characteristics Of The Progressive Era
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The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), which was founded in 1907 by the Association of Neighborhood Workers, was one of the defining characteristics of the Progressive Era. The reformers of the NCLC had the desire to protect children from laboring in industries with unsafe working conditions for children. One of NCLCs first campaigns was National Child Labor Day which encouraged action against child labor. They hired Lewis Hine who was a photographer to record the brutal conditions in mines and mills where many children worked. Northern reformers (and many other groups such as social workers, academics, businessmen, political reformers, etc.) argued that child labor was a national problem that would only be abolished through federal action.