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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, Strikes - Seamen: Talking strike, June 1911, LoC

Learn about labor politics and economics throughout American history. [...] »

Charts, "Educational Attainment," Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is your grandfather more likely to be working now than he would have been in [...] »

Chinese American women sewing in a shop date unknown

More than 1,000 photographs from the history of the International Ladies [...] »

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

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

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 [...] »

How did the women's suffrage movement use the rise of journalism to its [...] »

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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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