Work 'N Progress: Stories of Southern Labor
Lessons in the History of American Labor for Middle and Secondary Students
Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University Library
Students today learn little about the world of work, including their rights as workers. They enter the workforce without basic knowledge of working conditions, how they came about, or unions and the benefits they brought.
Teachers have few curriculum materials available to teach about work and labor. The Southern Labor Archives at the Georgia State University Library is very excited about introducing Work 'N Progress. This program is designed for middle and high school students. This course will examine the goals of the labor movement and how unions try to accomplish their objectives. The place of labor history in the larger framework of American history and the reasons for the growth and decline of unions will be examined. It also focuses on Georgia history.
This on-line curriculum will give teachers the knowledge and materials to prepare students for the workplace. Included are lesson plans and resources.
This course will cover:
The Colonial and Antebellum Eras
"New South" Era (post-Civil War)
The Southern Textile Industry
Great Depression, New Deal and World War II
The Post-War Era
Labor in the Modern Era
This on-line curriculum can be found at the web address below.
Work 'n' Progress is a project of the Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University Library. This educational project was made possible through generous donations from Joseph Jacobs and the Joseph Jacobs Labor Fund. For additional information about the Southern Labor Archives, visit our website at http://www.library.gsu.edu/spcoll/labor/ Please direct any questions or comments to Pam Hackbart-Dean.
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