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Labor Day

What powered the Industrial Revolution? Coal lit the forges of industry, and workers mined the coal. Primary sources reveal how coal changed the nature of U.S. labor. FIND OUT MORE »

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Photo, Mrs. Nelson Greene and Baby, Sept. 1938, William Pryor, New Deal Network.

Discover how FDR's New Deal impacted life in small town America. [...] »

Photo. Louis McDowell gives neighborhood girl a haircut as her mother looks on.

How does an industrial past shape current work and play? How does it affect [...] »

Photo. Panoramic view of Erwin Mills.

Follow the development of a mill town from its birth to its current status. [...] »

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Photography, Short-Handled Hoe at Work, 1956, Leonard Nadel, Object of History W

History is imbedded in the smallest objects. In this lesson, students examine [...] »

Labor Day means more than the beginning of the school year. Bring the holiday [...] »

Bracero History Archive

Explore resources on the Bracero guest worker program from the mid-20th century. [...] »

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Photo, [Two policemen arresting a striker. . . ], 1910, Library of Congress

Stand up (or sit down) for better working conditions! Test your knowledge of [...] »

Photo, "Oyster," November 3, 2007, Swamibu, Flickr Commons

Shellfish pirates stole from the rich to feed themselves—and make a [...] »

Photo, The Britt family happy and content on the farm, Lewis Hine, LoC

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph? [...] »

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