History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism
Internet Connections

Chapter 25: The Rise of Industry
The Triangle Factory Fire - This site is a fine collection of assorted material concerning the 1911 disaster. Published by the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University, the site provides students with primary and secondary resource material regarding the fire, as well as editorial cartoons regarding the ILGWU and organized labor. Three audio interviews with survivors of the fire are also included.

Labor History - Students interested in more detail concerning the labor movement can consult this site created by teacher Paul Hewitt. A variety of links regarding labor are available, as well as a Labor History Webquest, in which students can follow a guided Internet tour to learn about unions in the United States.

Trade Unions - From Spartacus Online Encyclopedia, this site provides historical summaries of the leading individuals in the growth of the American labor movement, plus some primary source material from trade union journals. Included are brief articles on the major trade union organizations and on key events and Congressional acts related to the labor movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The History Place: Child Labor in America 1908-1912 - For a look at Lewis Hine’s powerful photographs of child labor from the early 1900s, students can visit this Web site from The History Place. The photos are grouped by topic with their original captions, and students will be able to make connections with Hine’s young subjects, which include newsboys, mill and factory workers, miners, oyster shuckers, and fruit pickers.

Interested students can investigate modern labor unions by visiting the Web sites of the major labor organizations. The AFL-CIO, United Auto Workers, United Steelworkers of America, and United Farm Workers all have comprehensive sites dealing with current issues and topics. A timeline for the United Steel Workers can be found at the Milestones section of their website. The history section of the United Steel Workers site links the union to the days of Andrew Carnegie.

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