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United States Labor History

Selected Primary Sources

The Famous and the Infamous

Adolph Strasser on "Pure and Simple Unionism" (1884)

Albert Parsons, Challenge to the Free Market

Daniel De Leon
Internet Archive De Leon devoted himself to the cause of working-class emancipation from capitalist exploitation.

Edward Bellamy (1850-1898)

The Emma Goldmen 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, women's equality and independence, and union organization.

Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive
One of the greatest and most articulate advocates of workers' power to have ever lived.

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

George Pullman Answers His Strikers (1892)

“I am sorry not to be hung”
Oscar Neebe and His Statement on Haymarket (1886)

Mary Harris “Mother “ Jones

Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919

Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919

(Image from Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)