Monday, September 4, 2017

Resources for Teaching Labor History

Labor Day in the United States is celebrated on the first Monday of September in the United States.  This holiday is a national tribute to the contribution of the American Worker to the health of the nation.  The American Worker and the labor movement are the genesis behind many of the rights and protections in the workplace Americans value today.  
Yet the history of the American Worker and the labor movement may be of little note in your curriculum.  There are regional differences in the attention state curriculums give to labor history. States with more agrarian histories have fewer direct links to the labor movement. Further labor laws offer varying level rights and protections for workers in different industries. 
            How do you bring the story of the American Worker and the labor movement to your classroom?  Do you do focus on events or leaders? Do you teach about labor laws, activists, or workplace disasters?


Here are a few resources to you can consider to bring the history of the Labor Movement to your classroom.

What is your favorite resource for teaching labor history? What do you recommend?