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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, Mule driver, adolescent. . . , 1915, U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA site

Ever considered using mining to teach labor history?... [...] »

Photograph, Sweatshops & Strikes Before 1911, Kheel Center.

A variety of primary sources and background essays explore the 1911 fire, a [...] »

Transparency, Carpenter at work. . . , 1942, Alfred T. Palmer, Flickr Commons

Begin your study of working class and labor history with this website. [...] »

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

Silkscreen, History of civic services in the city of NYFD No. 2, 1936

Use the Triangle Shirtwaist fire to examine the benefits and costs of [...] »

Bracero History Archive

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

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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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