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Work pays America! Prosperity

[Detail] Work pays America! Prosperity

Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about labor.

American Treasures: Child Labor (Exhibition) Learn about Lewis Hine's role in campaigning against the abuses of industrial child labor.

American Treasures: Women's Trade Union Seal (Exhibition) The National Women's Trade Union League was formed in response to the lack of interest of male unionists in the organization of women workers.

American Treasures: Women's Work (Exhibition) View a mid-nineteenth century occupational portrait of a woman milliner.

Buena Vista Labor Day Festival (Local Legacies) Buena Vista's Labor Day Festival dates to the mid-1960s, when the city bought the Glen Maury farm, planning to convert it to a community park.

Jump Back in Time: September 5, 1882 (America's Library) Learn the history of the first Labor Day.

Labor and Luck (Wise Guide) Read about the history of the first Labor Day in America.

Sit-Down Strike (Local Legacies) The sit-down strike of 1936-1937 in Flint, Michigan, lasted only 44 days, but its impact would alter the course of the industrial labor movement forever.

St. Paul Trades & Labor Assembly's Annual Labor Day (Local Legacies) The first St. Paul Labor Day picnic was held at Liep's Pavilion, a popular entertainment site on the shores of White Bear Lake, just east of St. Paul, MN.

Today in History (April 8, 1935) Works Progress Administration (Today in History) On this date, Congress approved the WPA which employed 8.5 million people before it disbanded in 1943.

Today in History (August 20, 1866) Eight Hour Workday (Today in History) The National Labor Union called on Congress to mandate an eight-hour workday.

Today in History (August 22, 1966) UFWOC formed (Today in History) On this date the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), later to be renamed the United Farm Workers of America, was formed.

Today in History (July 8, 1932) The Depths of Depression (Today in History) On this date, the stock market fell to its lowest point during the Great Depression