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Labor History


Labor History Website Resources

Short history of labor in the U.S. by The American Labor Studies Center
Articles in the New York Times by Steven Greenhouse

Why Teach Labor History by James Green

Labor History Links developed by Rosemary Feurer for the Labor and Working Class History Association

The National Park Service American Labor History Theme Study

Professor Gerald Zahavi’s course on Labor in America 
Women’s Labor History Timelines:
and https://libcom.org/files/US-women-labour-history.pdf 

Women in Labor History
The Triangle Factory Fire
The United States Department of Labor History Homepage

The American Worker, Articles by Labor Historians
The University of Iowa Labor Center

The History Place, Child Labor in America, 1908-1912, Photographs by Lewis W. Hine


International Labor Organization

The ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the United Nations in 1946. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. 

Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights

“Transnational corporations now roam the world to find the cheapest and most vulnerable workers. The people who stitch together our jeans and assemble our CD-players are mostly young women in Central America, Mexico, Bangladesh, China and other poor nations, many working 12 to 14-hour days for pennies an hour. The lack of accountability on the part of our U.S. corporations--now operating all over the world, and the resulting dehumanization of this new global workforce is emerging as the overwhelming moral crisis of the 21st century. The struggle for rule of law in the global economy--to ensure respect for the fundamental rights of the millions of workers producing goods for the U.S. market--has become the great new civil rights movement of our time. The mission of the Institute is: to help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy; to empower workers in the developing world by educating them about their fundamental legal rights and assisting them to organize; and to educate global citizens about their role as responsible consumers.”