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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 »

Learning Resources

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Arkansas farmers building a cooperative syrup mill on FSA. 1940

What role has art had in the depiction and reality of U.S. labor? [...] »

Title page, An Intro to the Black Panther Party, 1969, John Brown Society, MSU.

From the Ku Klux Klan to the IWW, examine 129 historical documents from radical [...] »

Photo. Coke Plant Transformers in Transformer Station. Gary Works

Relive the construction of the city of steel—Gary, Indiana. [...] »

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Teaching Resources

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Negative, White Wings gathering garbage. . . , 1910-15, Flickr Commons

Explore the ins and outs of turn-of-the-century labor law, business, housing, [...] »

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

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

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 [...] »

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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

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

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