National History Day Project

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2020 National History Day Gold Medal and $1000 prize for best entry in any category in American labor history

The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History, a topic well suited for a project on labor history including important people and events. Go to the ALSC web site for extensive ideas and resources for a an individual or team project

Kate Mullany House Restoration Campaign
Click HERE to contribute to the restoration, furnishing and operation of the Kate Mullany National Historic Site
Share My Lesson curated a collection of lesson plans, activities and resources to help teachers explore the role of labor unions with your preK-12 students including Worker's Rights, Labor Education, Labor History and Related Resources

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California Federation of Teachers – Labor in the Schools Program

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Learn about the best and most comprehensive state federation program for teaching about labor.

Labor Heritage Foundation

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A rich resource for books, DVDs, posters, buttons and other items about labor.

Labor Songs

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Using Songs to Teach Labor History

The American labor movement has a long and rich heritage of song. Like hymns and patriotic songs, union songs are songs with a message. Thousands have been written by union members and others over the years. These men and women, black and white, native American and foreign born, created their own literature reflecting every aspect of life in the mines, mills, factories, shops and farms where they were forced to labor…

Labor History Lesson Plans

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Click here for a variety of labor history lesson plans including ‘United We Stand’ from the Library of Congress

Boy Scout Labor Merit Badge

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The American Labor Merit Badge was established by the Boy Scouts in 1987. For requirements and more.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin Teaching Labor History Law

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Nearly a decade after Wisconsin passed a law declaring that the teaching of labor history must be part of the teaching standards for the state’s children, it is near to becoming reality.

Quick Links – An Alphabetical Guide to All Web Site Resources

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Quick Links – An Alphabetical Guide to All Web Site Resources

The American Labor Studies Center (ALSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create, collect and disseminate labor history and labor studies curriculum materials and resources to K-12 teachers nationwide through this web site and via conferences, workshops, seminars and exhibits and to restore the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, New York where it is located. Paul F. Cole is the Executive Director.

Labor Spotlight

American Labor and U.S. History Textbooks: How Labor’s Story is Distorted in High School History Textbooks

“Imagine opening a high school U.S. history textbook and finding no mention of —or at most a passing sentence about—Valley Forge, the Missouri Compromise, or the League of Nations…”

Click HERE for tickets or to place an ad for the October 23 ALSC Annual Labor Recognition Reception

Labor is Not a Commodity

The human rights, legal and religious authority guaranteeing workers the right to organize and bargain collectively. by Paul F. Cole


Union Communications Services , sponsored by the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, produces materials, media, context and commentary that worker-leaders can put to use immediately.


Class Time Limited?

Resources for teachers who have a limited amount of time to incorporate labor history into their classrooms.

Kate Mullany

Kate Mullany National Historic Site

Home of the American Labor Studies Center