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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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Brook Farm, 1845 painting by Josiah Wolcutt, Massachusetts Historical Society

Was the antebellum period the height of reform movements in U.S. history? [...] »

watching Labor Day parade 1940

How many children were at work on the eve of World War II? What types of jobs [...] »

Photograph, 1895, Jane Addams Memorial Collection.

Peruse this collection of over 900 items relating to Chicago's Hull House to [...] »

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

Screencap, Highway, 5 Sept 2012, Early 20th century migration packet--title page

What pushes and pulls people into new ways of life? In this lesson, students [...] »

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

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

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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 [...] »

Photo, [Two policemen arresting a striker. . . ], 1910, Library of Congress

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