Additional Resources for Teachers, Part 1: A History of Work

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Activity 1A.1: Actors in the Labor Drama


Espada, MartÍn. Alabanza (2003). New and Selected Poems. New York: W.W. Norton.  (“Federico’s Ghost,” “Watch Me Swing,” “Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits,”  or “I Burn for the Perfection of Paper”)

“The Shirt” by Robert Pinsky (Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.   “I Hear America Singing”

“Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

Activity 1.A.3:  (Optional) All in a Day’s Work?

U.S. Department of Labor: Find It!  By Topic.

Activity 1B.1: Labor History Overview

Labor Themes in the Movies and on TV

Media Resources Center. U.C. Berkeley.

Videocassettes and Films about the Migrant Workers Experience. State University of New York, New Paltz.

Activity 1B.2: The Great Depression and the New Deal


American Social History Project. (2000) Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society.  Volume One to 1877 and Volume Two: 1877 to the Present.

Bigelow, W., & Diamond, N. (1988).  The Power in Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Collier, C. & Collier, J. L.  (2001). Progressivism, the Great Depression, and the New Deal, 1901–1941.  New York: Marshall Cavendish.

Murolo, P. & Chitty, A. B.  Illustrated by Joe Sacco. (2001). From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States. New York: W.W. Norton.

Rauchway, Eric. (2008). The Great Depression & The New Deal:  A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

Terzian, J., & Cramer, K. (1970). Mighty Hard Road: The Story of Cesar Chavez.  New York: Doublday.

Zieger, R.  & Full, G. (2002). American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century, third edition. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Web sites

American Labor Studies Center. Source of quotations, labor songs, resource links, lesson plans and more.

American Social History Project Web site.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. “The Progressive Era.”

History Matters. The U.S. Survey Course on the Web.

The New Deal Network.  Source of transcribed documents, period photographs, and lesson plans.

 United Farm Workers:


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