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

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

Image, Forests, Fields and the Falls-Connecting MN.

How did the lumber, flour, sawmill, and farming industries shape Minnesota's [...] »

Photo, IN FINANCIAL AREA: Hard-hatted construction workers..., 1970, NY Times

Learn about the Hard Hat Riots of New York with this innovative website. [...] »

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

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

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

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

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

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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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