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The Cry of the Children (1912)

An indicment of the evils of child labor, the film was controversial in its time for its use of actual footage of children employed in a working mill.

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Marie Eline ...
Alice, the little girl
Ethel Wright ...
The working mother
James Cruze ...
The working father
Lila Chester ...
The factory owner's wife
William Russell ...
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An indicment of the evils of child labor, the film was controversial in its time for its use of actual footage of children employed in a working mill. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The film, which depicts poor factory working conditions, was released just one year after more than 100 working women were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911. Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson cited the film by name during his 1912 campaign - using the film to illustrate President William Howard Taft's failure to protect workers. Wilson one the election. See more »

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Child Labor in the Raw
24 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An indictment of the evils of child labor, the film was controversial in its time for its use of actual footage of children employed in a working mill.

While this film is not all that incredible in and of itself, it is interesting what it allegedly accomplished. Using a poem and mixing it with a short film and some actual child labor footage, people were made upset by what they saw. Allegedly this even helped shift presidential politics, though I am somewhat skeptical of that.

Child labor is something we frown upon and should, though it depends on what the labor is. We still (2016) have no problem with children working on family farms. And that is probably okay. But what we see here is work that probably is not safe even for well-trained adults. I kept thinking fingers or hands would be removed!


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