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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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Photograph, 1895, Jane Addams Memorial Collection.

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

Photograph, Emma Tenayuca 1937, Zinn Education Project.

Wanting to go deeper into the history of labor and marginalized groups in the U [...] »

Drawing, That's so, 1886, Thomas Nast, Chicago History Museum.

The court proceedings surrounding the Haymarket Affair look at the event that [...] »

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Teaching Resources

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

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

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

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

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 [...] »

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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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