"At Russian Boarding House," photo-study by Lewis W. Hine, Homestead, PA, 1909.
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Five men pose for a photo in front of a boarding house.

Credit: Courtesy of the NYPL digital gallery, New York Public Library

In 1909 the National Child Labor Committee sent Lewis Hine to Pittsburgh to take photographs for The Pittsburgh Survey, a pioneering sociological study of industrial life in Allegheny County. Hine's compelling images gave faces to Pittsburgh's immigrant workers and helped increase public awareness to their plight.

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