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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)


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


Great Steel Strike


Triangle Shirtwaist Company


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


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


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


Chicago's Haymarket Square


Knights of Labor (KOL)

Founded 1869

Sarah Bagley - Organizer & President of LFLRA


Samuel Gompers


Emma Goldman - Organizer & Propagandist


David Dubinsky - Labor Leader


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

Mother Jones - American Labor Organizer


Pauline Newman - Labor Activist

*There is a discrepancy with her birthdate. JWA says 1890.

Rose Schneiderman - Labor Union Leader


Ella Mae Wiggins - Unionizer & Balladeer