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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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Drawing, That's so, 1886, Thomas Nast, Chicago History Museum.

The court proceedings surrounding the Haymarket Affair look at the event that [...] »

Photography,  Scene on a Georgia truck farm, 1903, John H. Tarbell, NYPL Digital

What was life like for women and girls on late 19th- and early 20th-century [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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, [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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