The Age of Industrialization

The Iron Worker's Noontime

 

Reading Assignment:

Henretta; Chapter Seventeen:

Gates' Notes

Study Guide

 

Primary Sources

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Herbert Spencer on Social Darwinism

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What's Good for the Goose: Labor and the Theory of Evolution

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Horatio Alger - Excerpts from "The World Before Him"

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Scribner's Magazine:  Children Who Work

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National Labor Reform Party - 1872 Platform

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Allan Pinkerton on the Railroad Strike of 1877

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Bland-Allison Act

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Ode to the Odious: A Poet Ridicules Laissez Faire

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Silver Purchase Act

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Andrew Carnegie: "The Gospel of Wealth"

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Andrew Carnegie: Lecture to Young Men

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"Gimme a Break" - Mark Twain Lampoons the Horatio Alger Myth

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"Selfish Wealth is Never Good" - A Worker's Definition of Success

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Chinese Exclusion Act

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The Haymarket Tragedy

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"In the Beginning" - A Knights of Labor Oath

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Preamble to the Constitution of the Knights of Labor

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Henry George - Progress and Poverty

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A Working Man's Prayer for the Masses

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Carroll Wright - The Factory System as an Element in Civilization

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August Spies defends the Eight Hour Movement - 1886

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Grace H. Dodge - Advice on Working and Saving, 1887

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J. H. Kellogg, M.D. - The Evils of Fashionable Dress

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Life, April 23, 1885 - Imagined Uses of the Telephone

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"Leave them Alone, That is the Remedy." - A Manufacturer's Solution to the Depression

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Terrence Powderly Distances the Knights of Labor from the Haymarket Martyrs

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"The Bad News from Chicago" - Oscar Ameringer Describes the Effect of the Haymarket Bombing on the Knights of Labor

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"The Introduction of Caliban to Cadmus:" John Swinton on Working-Class Literacy

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Law and Order: William Law and the Power of Organization

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"The Rich are Good Natured:" William Graham Sumner defends the Wealthy

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Address by George Engel, a Condemned Haymarket Anarchist

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Governor Altgeld Pardons the Haymarket Anarchists

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Eugene Debs Addresses the American Railway Union

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"For the Further Benefit of Our People:"  George Pullman Answers the Strikers

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"Was Christ a Union Man"

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The Brotherhood of Man: A Unionist Uses his Bible

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John D. Rockefeller on Industrial Combinations

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Cartoon:  Uncle Sam Walks the Plank

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Ida M. Tarbell: The History of the Standard Oil Company (Full Text)

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Preamble to the Constitution of the International Workmen of the World

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Bill Haywood: The General Strike

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An IWW Organizer Describes the Horrors of Rural Work

 

Web Links

 
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AFL-CIO Official Web Page

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The Smithsonian History of American Sweatshops - 1820 to Present

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The Dramas of Haymarket

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Eugene V. Debs Foundation

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AP Essay - Frederick Jackson Turner and the Gospel of Wealth

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History of Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Libraries

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IWW Official Website

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IWW Songs To Fan the Flames of Discontent

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The IWW - It's History, Structure, and Methods

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The Pullman Strike

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The Samuel Gompers Papers

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Rise of Industrial America - Work in the Late 19th Century

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Library of Congress - Evidence from the Haymarket Affair

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Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers - Library of Congress