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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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Sheet music,  The Rebel Girl, 1915, Written by Joe Hill, NYPL

Union strikes. Murder. Itinerant songwriting. The life of martyr Joe Hill could [...] »

Ford Sedan, 1942 model year

Domestic automotive manufacturing took a back seat to military transport needs [...] »

Asian crew at railroad camp

In 1919, Seattle workers launched the first general strike in U.S. history. [...] »

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

Silkscreen, History of civic services in the city of NYFD No. 2, 1936

Use the Triangle Shirtwaist fire to examine the benefits and costs of [...] »

Political Cartoon, Golfing Season, May 1, 1924, NARA

Provides a comprehensive list of websites and strategies to creatively [...] »

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

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

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

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

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