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U.S. TRADE UNIONS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY-- SELECTED RESOURCES

Keeley Library    Revised January 23, 2001
See also:
U.S. Business History
Industrial Revolution
Immigration
Social Sciences  (broader topic)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT LABOR UNIONS

in World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book, 2001 
Ref. 031 W927 1990 v. 12
 inEncyclopedia Americana. Danbury, CT:Grolier, 1999
Ref. 031 E56A 1999 v. 16
Mills, Daniel Quinn. "Labor Movement" v. 12 Rayback, Joseph G. "LaborUnion" v. 16

REFERENCE BOOKS:

Ref. 973.016 S531
 

 

Footnotes to American History, A Bibliographic Source Book. 
This is a great resource for anyone doing extensive research in American History In addition to giving a summary of an event, it also lists books and journal articles about the event. The table of contents is in chronological order. By looking at the entries from around 1869 until 1909, you will find articles such as the following: Slaughter-House Cases; Molly Maguires; Haymarket Square Riot; Homestead Strike; Pullman Strike,
Ref. 973 M1 94 V. 2 

 

Great Events from Historv, Volume 11 1803-1903
As in the book mentioned above, this book  also gives a summary of the historical event and lists additional books and journal articles about it. Events are listed in chronological order in the table of contents. Examples of included articles are: Organization of the American Federation of Labor; Pullman Strike; Anthracite Coal Strike; etc.
Ref. 973 A613 v.11  Annals of America, Volumes 11 -13 have a lot of articles about labor and industry in the Gilded Age.
Ref. 973 M235
 
 
 

 

Makers of America 
Volume 3 -Seekers After Freedom
Volume 4-Seekers After Wealth 
Volume 5-Natives and Aliens
These three volumes cover American Immigration from 1849-1903, and have many documents about labor conditions at that  time. See the table of contents in each volume Examples of included articles are: A Ten Hour Day for Miners (Volume 3); Chinese Laborers on the Transcontinental Railroad (Volume 3); Contract Labor Agreement (Volume 4); Molly Maguires in Pennsylvania (Volume 4); Labor Violence of 1877 (Volume 4); Chinese Labor Unions (Volume 5); My Apprenticeship (Volume 5)

AMERICAN HERITAGE MAGAZINE:Examples of articles about Labor History from 1865- 1914 are:
Bloody Strike at Carnegie; Great Railroad War of 1877; Calumet Tragedy

ONLINE PERIODICALS DATABASE: Online periodicals databases can also be accessed from your home computer or one of the school computer labs. Open your browser to www.sailsinc.org/db.htm

sailscat.gif (2318 bytes)To locate items in our library network, search our New WebCat™using the following subjects.
LABOR-UNITED STATES-HISTORY TRADE-UNIONS-UNITED STATES-HISTORY WORKING CLASS-UNITED STATES-HISTORY
Books that are not located at Durfee may be delivered to Durfee for you . See Circulation Librarian to check out books or have books delivered.

PERIODICALS AND NEWS ARTICLES ONLINE

SIRS NEWSPAPER AND PERIODICAL REPRINTS: INFOTRAC  WEB ONLINE PERIODICALS DATABASE ELECTRIC LIBRARY
 As members of SAILS, Durfee  students and teachers can access SIRS, INFOTRAC AND ELECTRIC LIBRARY, both  from library workstations, and from home. From home or a school lab computer, go to SAILS  Databases. You will need your library barcode when dialing from a home computer or a lab.

INTERNET LINKS:

Homestead Strike Hewett's Labor History Page
Labour and Business History Between a Rock and a Hard Place...Sweatshops
  • The New Deal Network Library
  • United Farm Workers History
  • Child Labor in America
  • A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers

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