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United States Labor History

Selected Primary Sources

United States Women's Labor History

19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote, 1920

African American Odyssey

American Women's History
A Research Guide/African-American Women

Born in Slavery
Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

Coalition of Labor Union Women

The Emma Goldman Papers
Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, woman's equality and independence, and union organization.

Frederick Engels (1820-1895)
Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

From Slavery to Freedom
The African American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

Russell, Thomas H. "Girls fight for a Living"
How to Protect Working Women from the Dangers of Low Wages1913.

The Institute of Industrial Relations Library

Jane Addams Hull House Museum

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
Proletarians and Communists, from The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx 1867
From Capital Vol I part IV, The Production of Relative Surplus Value, Ch. 15: Machinery and Modern Industry. Section 3a — The Employment of Women and Children

Karl Marx: From Capital Vol I part X

The Working-Day

Karl Marx On Women (1818-1883)

Karl Marx/

Lawrence Strike of 1912

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Mary  Harris “Mother “ Jones

National Archives and Records Administration
Pathfinder to Women's History Resources

National Women's Trade Union League of America founded, 1903

Marjorie Schneider, Bridgeport Brass. 1944

(Image courtesy of the Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library
Property of the Bridgeport History Center)


On the Lower East Side
Observations of Life in Lower Manhattan at the Turn of the Century

Portraits of a Ladies' Strike
Perspectives of the Uprising of the 20,000

Recruitment of Female Operatives -- an Account from the 1840's

United States Equal Employment Commission (EEOC)

U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau
Established by Congress in 1920, is the only federal agency mandated to represent the needs of wage-earning women in the public policy process.

Wage Labour and Capital, the original 1891 pamphlet

 Women and Marxism

"Women Working  1800-1930 Open Collections Program"