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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…”
The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers.
Click here to learn about Labor History DBQ (8th Grade).
Click this link to see New York City Labor History Map.
Labor-religion coalitions have become increasingly common throughout the United States. While some may be surprised by this development, most people of faith immediately recognize the natural connection between religious creeds and the mission of organized labor. Both religion and labor…
Reprint of Timothy G. Borden’s annotated list of some of the leading works of the literature of American working-class studies.
Click here to see the list…
The use of quotations can be an effective way to engage students in analyzing different points of view. For example, teachers can provide students with the first two quotations below and ask them to explain the point each person is making and state which, in their opinion, they most agree with and provide evidence for their answer…
Click this link to read about: No Holds Barred: The Intensification Of Employer Opposition to Organizing by Kate Bronfenbrenner
Click this link to read about: “A Cry for Justice: The Voices of Chinese Workers”
Unions Are Good for the American Economy by David Madland and Karla Walter
New research shows workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain will be critical…
“Beyond Justice: Bush Administration’s Labor Department Abuses Labor Union Regulatory Authorities”
by Scott Lilly of the Center for American Progress.
The Silent War: “The Silent War,” speaks to the assault on workers’ freedom to choose a union and bargain collectively in the United States. Additional policy statements…
Education For Democracy: “Education For Democracy,” is a recent position paper developed by the Albert Shanker Institute that addresses the following: How do we instill in a new generation an understanding of an an appreciation for their stunning political historic?…
How Unions Help All Workers: Unions have a substantial impact on the compensation and work lives of both unionized and nonunionized workers. Unions play a pivotal role in securing and enforcing labor protections such as overtime compensation, family and medical…
Documenting Labor Inside and Out uses the Archives of Public Affairs and Policy, located at the University at Albany New York, to document the lives of working people with material on worker’s culture and social welfare organizations. The digital exhibit, created by Cynthia K. Sauer and Brian Keough, makes many primary resources available while adding instructional elements such as: Who Uses Labor Records? and Labor Culture.
New Hampshire Mill Girls and the Ten Hour Struggle – New Hampshire has a rich labor history. From the beginning, workers have fought for fair wages, good working conditions, and respect on the job. Unfortunately, most students have insufficient opportunity to learn about this history. This curriculum is one example of how New Hampshire’s labor history can be brought to the high school classroom.
Cyber School Bus 3Plus-U – An instructional program developed by the ILO to teach about child labor.
Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor – This “Teaching with Documents Lesson Plan” was developed by the staff at the National Archives & Records Administration. The well developed lesson plan contains a correlation to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Government. Once at the NARA web site you’ll find many other interesting lessons. (Hine’s Photos @ “The History Place”)
Free The Children – Children Helping Children -
Free the Children is an international network of children helping children at a local, national and international level through representation, leadership and action. It was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995, when he was 12 years old.
AFT Child Labor Project –
For millions of children around the world, school is a luxury. Around the world, more than 200 million children work in unspeakable conditions in sweatshops, mines and factories. Instead of their ABC’s, these children are learning to weave carpets, haul bricks, sew garments, and manufacture toys they will never enjoy. The best way to stop child labor? Provide all children with free, accessible education. That’s the goal of the Child Labor Project, sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers.
Child Labor Coalition – The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) exists to serve as a national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provide a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation…
Child Labor in America –
This unit asks students to critically examine, respond to and report on photographs as historical evidence. Students will discover the work of reformer/photographer Lewis Hine, whose photographs give the issue of child labor a dramatic personal relevance and illustrate the impact of photojournalism in the course of American history.
Youth, Unions and YOU: A Secondary Teachers Guide to Labor Studies in B.C. Schools