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American Labor/Working Class History: Internet Resources

Internet Resources

American Memory from the Library of Congress

"...a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning." While it lacks a separate Labor History section, typing "labor" in the "search" box will result in more than 5,000 records.

Birth of the Labor Movement (State Historical Society of Wisconsin)

History at the U.S. Department of Labor
Provides a variety of historical resources.

Illinois Labor History Society
"...the Purpose of the Illinois Labor History Society to encourage the preservation and study of labor history materials of the Illinois Region, and to arouse public interest in the profound significance of the past to the present." This website "contains directions to various historic sites important to labor, a series of articles written in a popular style, and a model curriculum through which teachers can enrich the normal textbook fare with labor history topics and materials. Our booklist generates sales from as far away as Argentina. Our mini-museum contains photographs and memorabilia which visitors find enthralling."

Labor History Guide
"...provides links to the most useful databases and electronic and print resources for researching the history of labor with an emphasis on American labor history."

Wisconsin Labor History Society
"dedicated to: Telling the public of the contributions of labor to Wisconsin; Getting labor's story in the schools and colleges; Preserving documents and records of workers and their unions." (accessed Aug. 15, 2007)

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