Monday, September 05, 2005

Labor History

Labor History. Today is the Labor Day Holiday in the United States. I don't have to go to work today and I hope you do not have to either. Regardless, I hope you enjoy the day!

Clearly, labor has been an important part of world history. Every society that has ever existed has had a labor force. From hunting and foraging, building pyramids, or producing tanks on assembly lines, labor has always been crucial for success.

Here are a few links for exploring labor history:

Labor History - This is a collection of links from Library Reference Search dealing with the history of labor.

American History Sweatshop Exhibition - A pictorial tour of sweatshops from 1820 to the present provided by the National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution.

An Eclectic List of Events in U.S. Labor History - Chronology of labor struggles in the U.S. starting with the Philadelphia Journeymen Cordwainers conviction in 1806, and subsequent battles with the government, through 1989.

Samuel Gompers Papers - Project to make primary sources in American labor history available to students and researchers. Includes extensive biographical information about Gompers, plus information, photos, and images of primary documents related to other leaders and historical events.

British Labour History - Information on a wide range of British labour movement history and trade union leaders from the Chelmsford Trades Union Council.

The Labour Movement In Leicester 1883-2003 - An illustrated history of the labour movement in Leicester covering the last 120 years. Contains photographs and other visual material from this period.

Winnipeg General Strike - The Winnipeg General Strike, 15 May-25 June 1919, was Canada's best-known general strike. This article is from the Canadian Encyclopedia.

2 comments:

SQPY23 said...

Here's a fascinating site featuring Japanese labor movement posters.

http://oohara.mt.tama.hosei.ac.jp/posengl/

Milton john said...

May your site flourish.

This is not exactly labour history but it is about a major Irish and British trade union leader who also worked for the IWW, hope you find it at least mildy interesting:

http://miltonjohn.blogspot.com/2005/10/to-dublin.html