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United States Labor History: Women's Labor

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

AFSCME Women's Labor History Links

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

Code of Federal Regulations
Search for the labor code of federal regulations.

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.

Factory tracts
Lowell, Mass.: Female Labor Reform Associates, [1845]-

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.

Heaven will Protect the Working Girl
Immigrant Women in the Turn of the Century City

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/

Larcom, Lucy.
"Among Lowell Mill-Girls: A Reminiscence." Atlantic Monthly 48 (Nov. 1881)." This link will take you to Buley's database. Click on "Journal" link, then scroll down and select Volume 48, select issue 289, then select Larcom's article to view.

Lawrence Strike of 1912

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lucy Parsons: Woman of Will — Industrial Workers of the World leader

Mary  Harris “Mother “ Jones

Memories of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

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

National Labor Relations Act (1935)

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

Alba Reynaga

Alba Reynaga
Reference Librarian & History subject specialist

Available by appointment for classes, research consultations or individual student instruction. Contact me at 203-392-5134 or via email at morrisa10@southernct.edu.

Marjorie Schneider, Bridgeport Brass. 1944

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


New York Times Historical Archives (Proquest) SCSU Database
Full text articles from the New York Times, 1851-2002 (NOTE: You must log into consuls using your (student) user ID and pin. Contact us if you have any difficulty doing so.

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

Sabotage by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1916

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College

Slave Narratives. From the New Deal Network

Supreme Court Decisions 1937 – 1975

The Trade Union Woman

United States Equal Employment Commission (EEOC)

United States Government Printing Office
Legislative, Executive, and Judicial resources.

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.

Virginia Gazette of Williamsburg, March 26, 1767
Advertisement that appeared in the Virginia Gazette of Williamsburg, March 26, 1767. Run away about the 15 of December last, a small yellow Negro wench ...

Wage Labour and Capital, the original 1891 pamphlet

 Women and Marxism

"Women Working  1800-1930 Open Collections Program"