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Wondering why or how to use the Samuel Gompers Papers in the classroom? Read an excerpt from Grace Palladino's presentation to the American Historical Association's Annual Meeting -- and then check out our primary documents page to see what we offer on-line. We feature correspondence, newspaper articles, and political cartoons.

We also offer a minicourse, Creating a Right to Childhood: Child Labor and Social Reform (based on primary documents), that can be used in or out of the classroom.

Need to know some basic information about the labor movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? Check out our Time Line for a basic chronology, our links to the Knights of Labor, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, the American Federation of Labor, and the Industrial Workers of the World, for an introduction to the leading organizations at the time.

Want to know who was active in the labor movement? Take a look at our Glossary to learn about leaders like Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, Emma Goldman, and Santiago Iglesias.

Interested in researching Samuel Gompers for a National History Day project? Take a look at his biography, his thoughts on subjects like freedom, immigration, women and black workers, or at some significant episodes in his life. Want to know what others thought about him? We offer a range of opinions!

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