National History Day Project


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2016 National History Day Gold Medal Prize ($1000)

Click HERE to read about and view the web site of the 2015 Gold Medal winning entry, The Leadership and Legacy of Mother Jones and her Fight for Workers’ Rights, by Megan Murphy of Merrimack, NH.

Click HERE to view 2014 winner, Menifee, Kentucky’s Emma Roach-Barrette’s, documentary about the 1973 Harlan Coal Strike and HERE to read her moving thank you letter.

The Kate Mullany House Restoration & Furnishings Fund Drive

Featured Resources


The New American Plutocracy by Paul F. Cole

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Plutocracy: a society or a system ruled and dominated by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens. From 1947 to 1974, American at every level of the economy became a little better off with each passing year. Productivity rose by …


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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Wisconsin is implementing the nation’s first state law requiring the
teaching of labor history and collective bargaining.


Quick Links – An Alphabetical Guide to All Web Site Resources

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Quick Links – An Alphabetical Guide to All Web Site Resources


Labor History Links

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The most comprehensive bibliography of information, documents and links of U.S. labor history sites on the Internet by Rosemary Feurer for the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA).


Hardball & Handshakes

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Why Have Professional Atheletes Formed Unions? This instrutional unit uses the history of labor relations in major league baseball as a case study to probe this question. The American Labor Studies Center and the Baseball Hall of Fame have joined …

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…”


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