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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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Asian crew at railroad camp

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

Viva La Raza painted by UW students

Washington State educators, bring diversity and reform activism into your [...] »

Image, Forests, Fields and the Falls-Connecting MN.

How did the lumber, flour, sawmill, and farming industries shape Minnesota's [...] »

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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