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, Mule driver, adolescent. . . , 1915, U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA site

Ever considered using mining to teach labor history?... [...] »

Brook Farm, 1845 painting by Josiah Wolcutt, Massachusetts Historical Society

Was the antebellum period the height of reform movements in U.S. history? [...] »

Photo, Mrs. Nelson Greene and Baby, Sept. 1938, William Pryor, New Deal Network.

Discover how FDR's New Deal impacted life in small town America. [...] »

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Photography, Music, Steve Snodgrass, 26 April 2008, Flickr CC

How can you make history relevant to your students? Social studies/history [...] »

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

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

How did the women's suffrage movement use the rise of journalism to its [...] »

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Quizzes

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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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