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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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Chinese American women sewing in a shop date unknown

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

Photograph, Men and women weaving..., 1909, National Museum of Natural History.

Offers oral history resources examining life in southern textile mill towns [...] »

Asian crew at railroad camp

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

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, and [...] »

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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, The Britt family happy and content on the farm, Lewis Hine, LoC

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph? [...] »

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

Stand up (or sit down) for better working conditions! Test your knowledge of [...] »

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