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United States Labor History

Selected Primary Sources

The Roaring Twenties: 1921-1929


Bulletin of the Taylor Society :
selected articles and issue from 1926

History of the FBI Lawless Years: 1921-1933

How the Other Half Lives
Extraordinary photographs and essays by Jacob Riis documenting The Great Depression

Industrial Workers of the World

Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

Life of the People Realist Prints & Drawings from the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection, 1912-1948

Prosperity and Thrift
The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

Report of Meeting of Edge Trimmers, Endicott Diner, Sept. 1st, 1927


Jacob Riis

"Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine were among the first social reformers to use photography to document the effects of industrialization and urbanization on working-class Americans. Their work brought the need for housing and labor reform to the attention of legislators and the public. Both men worked tirelessly to improve the lives of America's working-class citizens. Learn more about their efforts." --Excerpt from "Documenting how the other half lives"

Jacob Riis

(photo from Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540)