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Labor History in America
"The history of America has been largely created by the deeds of its working people and their organizations. Nor has this contribution been confined to raising wages and bettering work conditions; it has been fundamental to almost every effort to extend and strengthen our democracy." - William Cahn, labor historian
Education and Labor History
PSEA: Our History
- NEA History
A four-part NEA Today series, "Answering the Call: A History of the National Education Association," honors the legacy and impact of public education and educators in America.
Labor History in America
- Key Events in Labor History
The story of America is the story of its working people.
- Leader-to-Leader Labor Resources
Lesson plans focusing on Labor Day, the concept of a labor union, and resources on what it means to be a labor member created by the NEA Academy.
- Labor History Timeline
Key events from 1607 to 1999
- Labor and Civil Rights
Union members played a critical role in the civil rights struggles of the past and that involvement continues today.
- Teaching About Labor: An Elementary and Secondary Curriculum
Sponsored by the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation
- Women's History and Labor History in America
Resources, lesson plans, and other information on Women's History Month and women's labor history
- Triangle Factory Fire - March 25, 1911
Education resources on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and help them learn more about the history of labor in the United States
- Bread and Roses Strike - January 12, 1912
On January 12, 1912, workers in the American Woolen Company Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, opened their pay envelopes to find that their wages had been cut. They took to the streets in protest, beginning a history-making confrontation between labor and capital.
- Lesson Plans: American Labor History
Compiled by the American Labor Studies Center
- Lesson Plans: Labor History Teachers' Corner
Collection of lesson plans compiled by Northern Illinois University
- A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers.
Sponsored by the Illinois Labor History Society
- Collective Bargaining Education Project
"Workplace Issues and Collective Bargaining in the Classroom” assists social studies teachers to incorporate labor relations education into units of study.
- Individual Lesson Plans:
American Labor Leaders
Pictured: Mother Jones, "The Most Dangerous Woman in America"
- Samuel Gompers
Biography, research tools and other information. Sponsored by the University of Maryland at College Park, the National Historical Publications & Records Commission, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Mother Jones: from County Cork to the Coal Mines
Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, was an Irish immigrant who emerged as one of the most famous women in America and a key figure in the American labor movement.