Visit and Contribute to the New Interactive Labor Trail
The Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies is proud to announce the launch of the Interactive Labor Trail -- www.labortrail.org -- an online extension of the Labor Trail made possible by a generous grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. This is the perfect opportunity for historians, students, teachers, union members, activists, and the general public to share knowledge of the Chicago region's history of labor, civil rights, migration, and working-class life, while learning about the sites they can visit to see where working people made history.
The Interactive Labor Trail is a constantly growing record of the Chicago region's labor and working-class history. Users can contribute new sites, edit or build upon existing entries, and/or provide links to other relevant websites. Easy-to-use instructions for contributing to the map are available under the "Interactive Labor Trail" pull-down menu on the home page. In addition, visitors to www.labortrail.org can create customized tours of sites fitting their own interests, complete with driving directions between points on the map.
The Labor Trail: Chicago's History of Working-Class Life and Struggle is a map of 140 significant locations in the history of working-class culture in Chicago and Illinois. The Center published the original paper map in February 2005, with the hope of expanding upon the history of the locations on the map and of adding sites to the existing list. With the IHC's generosity this is now possible. The Interactive Labor Trail adds to the map's number of sites, and expands on the depth of historical information about many of the locations. Highlights include one hundred historical photographs made available by the Chicago History Museum, as well as audio and video of legendary activists and Chicago historians -- including Timuel Black, Leon Despres, Katie Jordan, Ed Sadlowski, Rev. Addie Wyatt and many others -- talking about their experiences as activists and workers.
The Labor Trail
Department of History
University of Illinois at Chicago
913 University Hall (M/C 198)
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607 Visit the website at http://www.labortrail.org
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