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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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Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's fossil [...] »

Arkansas farmers building a cooperative syrup mill on FSA. 1940

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

Photograph, Rob Kidd, one of the young.... Alexandria, Va, 1908-12, Lewis Hine.

Sixty-four photographs taken by Lewis W. Hine between 1908 and 1912 document [...] »

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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, [...] »

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

Screencap, Highway, 5 Sept 2012, Early 20th century migration packet--title page

What pushes and pulls people into new ways of life? In this lesson, students [...] »

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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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