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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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Photograph, Men and women weaving..., 1909, National Museum of Natural History.

Offers oral history resources examining life in southern textile mill towns [...] »

Bisbee deportation of IWWs, July 12, 1917

Learn about labor history through the infamous Bisbee Deportation. [...] »

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photographic print, Weighting Cotton, 1914, E. C. Eddy, LOC

Introduce students to the importance of oral history while simultaneously [...] »

Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, and [...] »

Photography, Music, Steve Snodgrass, 26 April 2008, Flickr CC

How can you make history relevant to your students? Social studies/history [...] »

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

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

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? [...] »

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