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Industrial Revolution

Subscription Databases

Try these databases to search your labor events, people, or organizations.

ABC-CLIO (8 History Databases)

EBSCO (Use the following databases)
  • Biography Reference Center
  • Advanced Placement Source
  • History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • Mass Ultra
  • Middle Search Plus
ProQuest (Use the following databases)
  • New York Times Archives (1851-2007)
  • ProQuest Research Library
Safari Montage (Search for videos by using key terms)

Overview

The American labor movement was multifaceted. This section includes some of the key events, people, and organizations all of which changed the face of America.

Besides URLs, there are subscription databases listed below in the middle column for students to research for more information. 

Pullman Strike

1894

Great Steel Strike

1919

Triangle Shirtwaist Company

1911

Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)

Formed 1938
(In November 1935, John L. Lewis formed the Committee for Industrial Organization. In 1938 it renamed itself the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).)

Ludlow Massacre

1914

Lowell Female Labor Reform Association (LFLRA)

Formed 1844

Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (FOTLU)

Organized 1881

American Federation of Labor (AFL)

Formed 1886

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)

Founded 1890

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)

Formed June 1900

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Formed June 1905

Eugene V. Debs - Supported Industrial Unionism

(1855-1926)

Bread or Revolution

I.W.W. hat card "Bread or Revolution"
LC-USZ62-22190 (1914) Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

Homestead Strike

1892

Chicago's Haymarket Square

1886

Knights of Labor (KOL)

Founded 1869

Sarah Bagley - Organizer & President of LFLRA

(1806-1883)

Samuel Gompers

(1850-1924)

Emma Goldman - Organizer & Propagandist

(1869-1940)

David Dubinsky - Labor Leader

(1892-1982) 

One of founders of the American Labor Party and Liberal Party of New York.

Mother Jones - American Labor Organizer

(1837-1930)

Pauline Newman - Labor Activist

(1887*-1986)
*There is a discrepancy with her birthdate. JWA says 1890.

Rose Schneiderman - Labor Union Leader

(1882-1972)

Ella Mae Wiggins - Unionizer & Balladeer

(1900-1929)