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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, Sitting down, 1930's, the Flint Sit-Down Strike.

Provides a multimedia introduction to "the greatest strike in American history." [...] »

Photo, Brown Mine. Man digging coal..., October 1908, Lewis Hine, LoC

Visit this unique site to learn about the history of coal mining during the [...] »

A Desperate Struggle from Michael Schaack's Anarchy and Anarchis

Written in the form of a drama, this website takes visitors through the [...] »

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chromolithograph, Trying to drag him from his altar and his idol, 1901 August 28

Students are often disconnected from the past. Why not immerse them in historic [...] »

Bracero History Archive

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

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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