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
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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