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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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Charts, "Educational Attainment," Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is your grandfather more likely to be working now than he would have been in [...] »

Book cover, Candle-Lightin' Time, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Women Working, 1800-1930

What did women think of their work at home, in the arts, and in business? [...] »

Photograph, Emma Tenayuca 1937, Zinn Education Project.

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

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Teaching Resources

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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

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

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

Photo, "Oyster," November 3, 2007, Swamibu, Flickr Commons

Shellfish pirates stole from the rich to feed themselves—and make a [...] »

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