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The National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) gives workers the right to form unions and bargain collectively. These classroom simulations offer a unique opportunity to explore how workers can exercise these rights.
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) Labor in the Schools Committee has produced curricula for students at all levels of education, from pre-school coloring books to college and university readings, to union-based new member orientation programs. Click here to learn more.
(1927-1993) Yuma, Arizona
César lived amongst former migrant workers and endured the conditions and racial issues that affected them. Starting his political work with the Community Service Organization (CSO) in 1952, he founded the United Farm Worker’s (UFW) in 1962… Continue reading
Click here to learn about Labor History DBQ (8th Grade).
Click this link to learn about the American Labor Museum Botto House National Landmark
Click here to visit a virtual museum designed to gather, identify and display examples of the cultural and artistic history of working people.
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… Continue reading
The American Labor Studies Center receives numerous inquires from teachers who are interested in
locating a complete course of study on the topic of labor history. Often they hope to have their
school district adopt a version of the course as an elective offering or, at the very least, they
plan to select certain topics for inclusion in a specific course they are already responsible for
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.
Our Documents is a national initiative on American History, Civics, and Service. It is intended to promote public understanding of how rights and responsibilities have taken shape over time. The National Archives and Records Administration is largely responsible for the project. Click here to learn more.
“Using Primary Sources in the Classroom” is a lesson plan developed by the Library of Congress. The lesson’s many suggestions concerning the use of primary resources were developed by Library staff and educators from across the country. The Lessons page, located on this website, contains many examples of labor oriented lessons that focus on the use of primary resources in the classroom.
Child Labor Web Resources -
This site provides links to education institutions, government, media, and non-governmental web sites on child labor….
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 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