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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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Bisbee deportation of IWWs, July 12, 1917

Learn about labor history through the infamous Bisbee Deportation. [...] »

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From the Ku Klux Klan to the IWW, examine 129 historical documents from radical [...]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, Brown Mine. Man digging coal..., October 1908, Lewis Hine, LoC

Visit this unique site to learn about the history of coal mining during the [...] »

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

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

Bracero History Archive

Explore resources on the Bracero guest worker program from the mid-20th century. [...] »

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

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

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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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