NBC congressional producer/reporter Mike Viqueira writes a lengthy story in this month’s Washingtonian Magazine about the history of Washington, D.C. — and his own family. He describes a Lewis Hine photo hanging in the basement of the Capitol building, featuring two of his great-uncles:
Over the past ten years, I’ve walked that hall and many others on the Hill as MSNBC’s congressional correspondent and an NBC producer, rushing from press conference to interview to live shot. Yet that image always brings me up short. Captured by pioneering photojournalist Lewis Hine in 1912, it’s one in a serial expose of the child-labor practices of 100 years ago. From the look of the boys — reported by Hine to have been cited for “incorrigibility in school” — they didn’t have an easy life.
(photo by Jay Westcott)